GW Summer Program Advancing Research on Cancer (GW-SPARC)

Check the 2023 SPARC schedule here!

The George Washington Summer Program Advancing Research on Cancer (GW-SPARC) engages undergraduates who will form the next generation of scientific leaders in a mentored summer research experience at the George Washington University (GW) Cancer Center. This program is intended for undergraduates considering Ph.D. training and a career in research. Candidates from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research (NOT-OD-20-031) are strongly encouraged to apply.

This summer program fosters active engagement in cutting-edge research, exposure to contemporary cancer research techniques, understanding of health disparities and impact of cancer in different communities, and preparation for research careers. There will be no opportunities for clinical shadowing. Students will live and work in the heart of D.C., just blocks from national monuments, museums, and entertainment. At the end of the summer, all students participate in a poster session with other undergraduate researchers.


The program will provide $4,000 for 10 weeks participation, paid in two installments upon arrival. Additional funds up to $500 will be provided for travel to/from GW. Students are encouraged to stay in GW housing which will be provided by the program at no cost to the student.

Eligible applicants include:

  • U.S. citizens or permanent residents. We encourage individuals from groups that are underrepresented in the biomedical sciences to apply.
  • Preference will be given to rising juniors and seniors. Seniors graduating in 2024 are not eligible for this program.

Apply to 2024 GW SPARC

The application for 2024 SPARC is OPEN. The application deadline is February 1, 2024. Anticipated dates for 2024 SPARC are May 26 - August 3. SPARC will adhere to the GW vaccine guidelines

The application package includes:

  • Application, including statement of interest
  • Contact information for two faculty recommenders
  • Unofficial transcripts

Once you submit the application, your recommenders will be contacted automatically with a request for their electronic recommendation.

SPARC Student Outcomes

View Student Outcomes 2018-2023