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The Northwestern University Uterine Leiomyoma Research Center Lab Immersion Program provides paid laboratory internship experiences for BIPOC students interested in conducting uterine leiomyoma (fibroids) research. Uterine fibroids are the most common tumor affecting African Americans. They cause irregular uterine bleeding, anemia, and have led to over 200,000 hysterectomies annually in the United States. Interns will work on research projects that seek to understand the mechanisms responsible for the development and growth of uterine fibroids in order to reduce its morbidity.

You do NOT need prior research experience or knowledge in this specific research area to be eligible, but faculty prefer candidates who want to continue doing research beyond this program. ⁠Candidates with an interest in gaining new research skills are encouraged to apply.

As we look to increase diversity in research, Black and Latinx candidates are preferred and also strongly encouraged to apply.

Due to COVID-19, application submissions are accepted on a rolling basis. We will accept two (2) interns per quarter. Program time commitment is also flexible with some remote work permitted. Internships can be part-time or full-time for 8+ weeks. No prior laboratory experience is needed. Applicants must be US Citizens or permanent residents to be eligible, and must currently be an undergraduate student or postbaccalaureate student (within two years of graduation). Please see the Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about program eligibility, stipends, and application requirements. For updates on your application or other inquiries, please contact Takelia Walker at takelia-watson@northwestern.edu

We are currently not accepting or reviewing new applications submitted through our portal at this time. Please check back for regular updates on this webpage for when we will resume application acceptance.  

Learn more about uterine fibroids research at Northwestern University

Frequently Asked Questions

 General Questions

How do I apply?
Applicants must submit an online application. Application materials include (1) an application form with a 300-word brief essay and submission of two references; and (2) a resume or CV. The review committee will select finalists from the applicants and conduct a two-stage interview process. Applicants who are selected for interviews will receive details about the remainder of the process upon invitation. 
Please note: We are not currently accepting or reviewing new applications at this time.

What are the program expectations?
Interns are expected to conduct research in scientific laboratories within the Northwestern University Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Intern work schedules will be tailored to the needs of the research project(s). Interns working full-time will be expected to participate Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM. Interns working part-time will coordinate their schedules with their lab faculty director. The laboratory research will primarily take place in downtown Chicago (note: a hybrid model with some remote and in-person work is available due to COVID-19). Travel support to and from the program is not provided.

Is this a paid research internship?
Interns will receive a research stipend, based on a $15 hourly wage. Interns must be a US citizen or permanent resident to receive the stipend. Housing, meals, local travel support, and health insurance benefits are not provided.

What is the duration of the internship?
Internships can be part-time or full-time in the winter for 8 or more weeks, depending on the preferences and availability of the selected trainees.


Eligibility


Who is eligible to apply?
Applicants must:
  • Be an undergraduate student or postbaccalaureate student (within 2 years of graduation).
  • Students in Master’s programs are eligible if they are within 2 years of receiving their bachelor’s degree.
  • Be a US Citizen or permanent resident to receive the research stipend.
  • Be able to commute to/from downtown Chicago. Travel support to and from the program is not provided.
You do NOT need prior research experience or knowledge in this specific research area to be eligible⁠—candidates with an interest in gaining new research skills are encouraged to apply. No prior laboratory research experience is necessary. The program will give preference to students from diverse backgrounds, including underrepresented racial and ethnic groups (including but not limited to African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders), individuals with disabilities, and/or individuals from economically disadvantaged backgrounds (e.g., low-income, first-generation college students, from a rural area).

I am a graduate student. Can I apply?
Students in Master’s programs are eligible if they are within 2 years of receiving their bachelor’s degree. PhD candidates are not eligible to apply.

I just graduated. Am I eligible to apply?
Yes, if you are within 2 years of receiving your undergraduate degree.

I am not a permanent resident or US Citizen. Can I apply?
If you are an international student, or if you are not a permanent resident or US Citizen, please send an email to Laura.tom@northwestern.edu with additional questions. Please keep in mind that, while we welcome your application to the program, we are unable to provide you with the stipend.

What previous experience is required?
No previous laboratory experience is required.


Application Procedures


How do I apply?
The online application includes submission of the following materials:
  • An application form
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae or resume (include all relevant research experience, publications, poster sessions, conference presentations, speaking engagements, work products, etc.)
  • Two references (at least one must be a faculty member)
  • One brief essay on the following topic: What are the reasons you want to participate in the Northwestern University Uterine Leiomyoma Research Center's Lab Immersion Program? Include a discussion of your strengths and qualifications for the program and how this training experience will fit with your career plans.
Is there a deadline for submission of applications?
We are not currently reviewing any new applications submitted through our portal. Please check back again for updates on deadline submissions.   

How will I know if you have received my application?
Upon submission, you will see a “Thank you for submitting your application” note. If you have any technical difficulties or do not see this confirmation page, please send an email to Laura.tom@northwestern.edu so that we can confirm receipt of your application.

When will I find out if I have been accepted into the program?
We are not currently reviewing any new applications. Please check back again for more information.

If I am not selected, can I apply again?
Yes, if you were not selected, we definitely encourage you to apply again.

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