Cancer Scholars Program

Cancer Scholars LogoThe Cancer Scholars Program is a new undergraduate program created to provide a unique and interdisciplinary student learning experience. Whereas traditional undergraduate education has focused on classroom instruction independent of career aspirations or broader causes, this new model for undergraduate education is motivated by societal challenges and incorporates real-world experiences. Aligned with students’ passions, this approach is designed to inspire better learning, provide opportunity for undergraduate students to work in a meaningful manner in an important area for society, and ultimately impact society with smart and innovative Illinois graduates providing solutions against cancer.

Program Goals

  • Motivate learning by showing the relevance of education to the real-world need for making progress against cancer
  • Emphasize research early to encourage critical thinking and build skills and knowledge from the very outset
  • Provide clinical, patient-oriented, and entrepreneurial opportunities alongside comprehensive disciplinary training
  • Advance the detection and treatment of cancer through engineering solutions

Program Details

  • Program launched in Fall 2014
  • Inaugural class of 12 students (5 women, 4 first-generation college students, 1 underrepresented minority) of highly qualified freshmen (average ACT score = 34.8) was admitted
  • A new course, BIOE 199FCR (Frontiers in Cancer Research), was launched
  • A group of five faculty members lead the development and deployment of the program

For More Information

Contact Prof. Rohit Bhargava
rxb@illinois.edu
(217) 265-6596

Program News Articles

Through “Cancer Scholars,” Bhargava Pilots Challenge-Inspired Education Model

Program Events and Awards

Four Cancer Scholars (Miranda Dawson, Pierce Hadley, Rishi Satpathy, and Kit Schofield) were part of teams that earned awards at the University of Illinois Engineering Open House 2015. Find out more here!

University of Illinois President-Designate Timothy Killeen visited the Beckman Institute in January 2015Killeen_Tshirt and talked with Cancer Scholar Pierce Hadley and Rohit Bhargava about Pierce’s experience in the program. President-Designate Killeen was presented with a Cancer Scholars t-shirt during this visit.

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Students produced videos for the “Frontiers in Cancer Research” class in fall 2014. Click here to see the videos.

Current Cancer Scholars

Lily Barghi
Lily Barghi
Christopher Cheng
Christopher Cheng
Miranda Dawson
Miranda Dawson
Pierce Hadley
Pierce Hadley
Madelyn O'Gorman
Madelyn O'Gorman
Christian Pressnall
Christian Pressnall
Lauren Sargeant
Lauren Sargeant
Sreyesh Rishi Satpathy
Sreyesh Rishi Satpathy
Christopher Schofield
Christopher Schofield
Kinsey Schultheis
Kinsey Schultheis
Hanway Wang
Hanway Wang
Kassidy Zhou
Kassidy Zhou