2024-25 Call for Research Mentors

Thank you for your interest in being a part of the 2024-2025 CCIL Cancer Research Training and Education Coordination (CRTEC) programs! We appreciate your dedication to train the next generation of cancer researchers.

We are seeking research groups who would like to be a part of introducing high school students to research, inspiring undergraduates to scientific careers, and emphasizing transdisciplinary and translational research training for graduate and professional students and postdoctoral fellows.

Program Options

Program Level Period Estimated Number of Trainees
Indigenous Pathways High School
  • June 24-27 (Exact Day TBD)
  • 1 Day Lab Tour/Panel
researcHStart High School
  • June 10-August 2
  • 8 Weeks (35-40 Hours/Week)
MSI Summer Program Undergraduate
  • May 17- July 26
  • 9 Weeks (35-40 Hours/Week)
CIMED Innovation Medical Student
  • May-June
  • 6 Weeks (Hours TBD)
NIH-PREP R25 (Pilot in Summer 2024) Postbaccalaureate
  • 2 Years
Cancer Scholars Undergraduate
  • Fall/Spring Semester
  • 3-10 Hours/Week
20 New Per Year (About 45-60 Total)
Cardiff University: School of Biosciences Professional Training Year Undergraduate
  • October-June
  • Full Time Outside Any Classes
Senior Design Project Undergraduate
  • Fall/Spring Semesters
  • TBD on Hours


Mentoring Details

The primary mentor is the faculty/PI of the lab. However, there should also be a day-to-day mentor (graduate student, post doc, or research faculty). This is a wonderful opportunity to build mentorship skills for those interested in pursuing future faculty positions. This is also a great fit for those who are passionate about broadening participation in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine) research and careers. Mentor orientation & training will be offered. For graduate students or postdoctoral trainees, this experience can support the mentor in earning the Graduate College’s Mentoring Certificate.


If you have any questions, please contact Marcia Pool (mpool@illinois.edu) and Zeynep Madak-Erdogan (zmadake2@illinois.edu).