Cancer Center at Illinois


The researcHStart program is an 8-week cancer-focused research and career development experience for the most promising high school students from the Chicago and Champaign-Urbana areas. The research experience is the core of the program, which provides hands-on, full-time immersion into a cancer research environment under the supervision of an established, funded investigator.


Cancer Scholars Program

The Cancer Scholars Program provides unique and interdisciplinary student learning experiences and inspires education and deep scholarship through exposure to research and grand challenges early in undergraduate careers.


CSTAR Program

Cancer Scholars for Translational and Applied Research (CSTAR) is a collaborative endeavor, through Carle Foundation Hospital’s Cancer Center and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This graduate educational program fosters translational research and near-term benefits to the patients served in the community.

Proposals are not currently being accepted. Please check back with us in Spring 2018.


TiME Program

The Tissue Microenvironment (TiMe) Training Program is university-wide training program for graduate students, supported by a T32 grant from the National Institutes of Health.


PostDoctoral Fellow Program

Initiated in the spring of 2008 with funding from the Carle Foundation Hospital, the Beckman Institute Fellows Program provides an opportunity for a scientist to spend several years conducting independent, interdisciplinary, oncology-related translational research before launching her/his formal academic career.