Cancer Research Experience for Undergraduates (CREU)

Through the University of Colorado Cancer Center's Cancer Research Experience for Undergraduates (CREU), every summer 23 college undergraduate students are given the opportunity to spend ten weeks in our laboratories at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. CREU is supported by R25CA240122 and the University of Colorado Cancer Center.

The goal of the program is to engage scientific curiosity in the next generation of scientists, challenging qualified college undergraduates to consider a cancer-related career in the future.

An additional 4 under-represented minority students will be selected to be funded through the American Cancer Society Diversity in Cancer Research mechanism. The application process is the same for either mechanism.

Program Dates: June 1 - August 4, 2022

Applications due February 1, 2022

Meet Our Past CREU Fellows


Following through on a childhood commitment to cancer research

When Arushi Raval was 12, her childhood friend, Kuhu Basak, was diagnosed with brain cancer. Surgeons were able to remove 30 percent of Basak’s tumor. This was followed by six weeks of proton radiation therapy, but the tumor grew back. She has gone through multiple types of chemotherapy for eight years, and she needs to stay on her current medication to keep the tumor stable. When her friend was diagnosed, Raval knew right away that she wanted to get involved in cancer research. Now, Raval and Basak are college roommates at University of Colorado Boulder, and this summer, Arushi has the chance to conduct her own research in the field of pediatric cancer research.

“It is because of her that I am interested in researching childhood cancer. I am excited to be a part of a lab that is making a difference and actively searching for more effective ways drugs can be used in cancer treatment,” Raval says.

→ Read Raval's Full Story Here.

Student Fellowships Funded by Local Businessman

Two students on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus this summer had a lot in common. Monica Brown and Madison Weber wrapped up work in the Cancer Research Summer Fellowship Program. Both also are college undergraduates who focused on colon cancer research. Both of their fellowships also were funded by a man who lost his father to colon cancer years ago.

The Cancer Research Summer Fellowship Program is sponsored by the University of Colorado Cancer Center. The program gives dozens of college undergraduates and more advanced high school students the opportunity to spend ten weeks conducting cancer research.

→ Read Full Story Here.