Graduate and Undergraduate Students


Fred Hutch/Seattle Cancer Care Alliance/UW Medicine

If you would like to become a graduate student, there are several different programs to which you can apply. Most students are members of the joint Fred Hutchinson/University of Washington Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB) graduate program.

Molecular and Cellular Biology Program

The Molecular and Cellular Biology graduate program is an interdisciplinary program of graduate studies leading to a Ph.D. degree. Approximately 190 faculty from Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the University of Washington participate in the program. Many areas of structural, molecular, cellular and developmental biology are represented. For detailed information, visit the Molecular and Cellular Biology website.

Biological Physics, Structure and Design

Another interesting graduate program leading to a Ph.D. degree, including faculty from both the University of Washington and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, is the Biological Physics, Structure and Design Members of this program study the use and determination of atomic-level structures of biologically important molecules, with goals that include understanding the relationship between structure and function, predicting three-dimensional structures of biomolecules, and designing new molecules.

Other Options

Many faculty in the research divisions at Fred Hutch have affiliate appointments in departments at the University of Washington. In most cases, a graduate student accepted into a University of Washington graduate program in a department with which Fred Hutch faculty are affiliated, can choose to follow graduate research in the laboratory of the affiliate at Fred Hutch. Contact individual departments or researchers with whom you are interested in working for more specific details.  For more information visit Fred Hutch education and training.

Undergraduate Students

Fred Hutch Summer Undergraduate Research Program [SURP]

SURP is an intensive, nine-week internship designed to provide research experience and mentorship for undergraduate students who are interested in biomedical research. Under the guidance of a faculty mentor, students will complete an independent research project and present their findings at a competitive poster session. The program runs from Monday, June 16 through Friday, August 15, 2014. Students must be able to commit to this entire period in order to participate.

Summer High School Internship Program

High school students are welcome to apply for an 8 week, paid summer research internship at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Fred Hutch has an international reputation for its pioneering research in biological sciences, bone marrow and stem cell transplantation, cancer prevention, epidemiology, and biostatistics. Selected interns will spend 1 full week in training. This includes hands-on training in laboratory safety techniques and skills in our Training Labs, designated safe labs for minors. Interns will then be paired and matched to a host mentor who will supervise them over the remaining 7 weeks on specific projects or activities in the host lab. The internship culminates with a reflection presentation during the final week. Applicants must have completed 11th grade, but not graduated high school by the beginning of the internship.

UW Medicine Neurological Surgery Summer Student Program

The UW Medicine Department of Neurological Surgery Summer Student Program provides “Bench to Bedside” exposure in the field of neurosciences. Established in 2008 by Richard G. Ellenbogen, M.D., Professor and Chair of the UW Department of Neurological Surgery, the program provides students seeking summer lab placements the opportunity to explore basic and clinical neurosciences. Participation includes an eight week lab placement in one of our neuroscience labs, Weekly Neurological Surgery Grand Round Lectures, Weekly Neuroscience Faculty Lectures, OR Observation, Student presentation of individual program focus, A $1,000 stipend distributed over the course of the eight week program.

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