Research Cures Cancer Corp (RC3) Program

The University of Notre Dame’s Harper Cancer Research Institute is providing educational research opportunities for the next generation of cancer researchers and better serve the greater good within the global community.

The Harper Cancer Research Institute at the University of Notre Dame, is dedicated to advancing education and research in the field of cancer.  This marketable, applied learning opportunity offers hands-on lab experience, individualized mentoring, and enhances problem-solving and leadership skills.  

During the summer, high school students will have the rare opportunity to conduct cancer research alongside University of Notre Dame professors. The experience is part of the Research Cures Cancer Corps (RC3) program from the Harper Cancer Research Institute. The program aims to build a broader pipeline to careers in cancer research, an effort that cancer researchers say is crucial for making cancer treatments effective for all populations. Selected participants will benefit from transformative research experiences.

Program Highlights

  • Immersive cancer research experience 
  • Hands-on learning opportunity
  • 8-week program 
  • Located on the University of Notre Dame campus
  • Duration: June 10, 2024 - August 1, 2024
  • Open to current high school first year students, sophomores, and juniors in good standing

Our commitment at Notre Dame Research extends beyond scientific endeavors. We strive to create a community that promotes equity of experience and opportunity, ensuring that individuals from all backgrounds feel safe, welcome, and included. By fostering a culture of openness, autonomy, and belonging, Notre Dame becomes an exceptional environment for our team, partners, and collaborators to thrive. We strongly encourage students from diverse backgrounds to apply.  


The online application for the current cycle is open now through February 20, 2024.

The application can be found HERE. In addition to personal statements, applicants are required to provide the email address for one STEM teacher as a reference and have the option to provide an email for a second non-relative, adult reference.  

We look forward to welcoming a new cohort of passionate and motivated students to join us in the pursuit of knowledge and advancements in cancer research!

Deadline: February 20, 2024.

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Latest Updates

Check out the latest news and updates on RC3 below:

Local students join cancer researchers’ labs for the summer (Notre Dame Research)

South Bend high school students represent the Harper Cancer Research Institute at regional, state, and international science fairs (Notre Dame Research)

High schoolers spend summer conducting cancer research at Notre Dame's Harper Cancer Research Institute (ABC57)