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Cancer Research Immersion Summer Program (CRISP) for Undergraduates

The C-REP has developed the Cancer Research Immersion Summer Program (CRISP) which is a full time (40 hours per week) nine-week summer research program for undergraduate students to gain experience in cancer health equity research. CRISP provides formal mentorship and hands-on research experiences as well as the opportunity for students to present their research at the conclusion of the program. The CRISP research topic areas are focused on American Indian cancer health equity research and may be related to basic laboratory science, clinical and translational research, or public and community health.



Preference will be given to a member of any federally-recognized tribe.

Eligible students must have completed 2 years of undergraduate study at an institution in the United States and be currently enrolled in good standing.

Students must demonstrate a record of high academic achievement in science course work and experience in laboratory research or health sciences is desired.

Two letters of recommendation from faculty mentors or instructors are required and should highlight the applicant’s achievements in course work and research experiences, and include an evaluation of his or her desire for a biomedical research or health science related career.

Students should submit a statement of career goals that includes a brief discussion of the applicant’s interest and future goals related to American Indian cancer health equity research.


Click HERE to apply to the second year of C-REP Program for Summer 2023. 2023 CRISP Dates: May 22 – July 25th 2023. Final Banquet is in Oklahoma City July 25th 2023.

Click HERE for a Video with Application Tips. 


Complete the online application form.  Within the form the following information will be included:

  • Personal StatementPlease include a one page, Times New Roman, 12-point font, double-spaced, personal statement via the online application. The statement should express your career goals and include a brief discussion of your interest in biomedical research and American Indian cancer health equity research and your personal efforts to expand your knowledge and experience in this area. Please discuss how participation in this program will help meet that objective.
  • Two Recommendation Letters  Information about the authors of your recommendation letters (i.e.: Names, e-mail addresses, etc.) will be included as part of your application.  Once your application has been submitted the authors will receive an automated request that includes your name, the name of the program to which you are applying, and a link to the online submission for recommendation letters.  You will receive notification e-mails when each author submits their online recommendation letter.  
  • Submit Transcripts: Submit college transcripts to the application as a PDF. Unofficial transcript are allowed.


All CRISP students will receive a summer stipend of $5,000. This stipend can cover all living expenses in the location of your 9-week summer experience. Potential locations include the Oklahoma City Metro, Tulsa metro, Stillwater, and Tahlequah depending on student preference and availability of mentors and projects. Participants are responsible for housing. Please contact the SURP office for assistance.