Educational Programs

Cancer Scholars Program

The Cancer Scholars Program is an 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

Affiliated Departments

Students are a part of various colleges and departments on campus including:

  • Bioengineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Political Science

For More Information

Contact: Marcia Pool, Ph.D.
mpool@illinois.edu