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Johnson Cancer Research Center


Kansas State University students are trained to be tomorrow’s top cancer scientists and medical professionals. We offer numerous opportunities, including competitive research award programs and special activities, that help students attain careers in research and medicine.

Student-focused efforts
  • Bringing students into the lab early, when it can influence their academic and professional decision-making
  • Exposing students to cancer-related issues through special courses, workshops and lectures led by expert researchers
  • Financial support
  • Cancer Journal Club to learn about hot topics in cancer research and practice presentation skills
  • K-State Cancer Fighters student organization
Student Award Programs
Undergraduate Cancer Research Awards

This competitive research mentoring program offers a unique opportunity for undergraduate students to participate in real research. Awardees join JCRC faculty members' research teams and receive $1,500 awards in the spring. Learn more and apply here.

Graduate Cancer Research Awards

These awards fund summer salaries for graduate students working with JCRC faculty members. Learn more and apply here.

Heart Research Awards

These awards are presented to one or more faculty members to support graduate student research on heart development, function or disease. Learn more and apply here.

Graduate Student Travel Awards

These awards help graduate students attend professional meetings and seminars to present research and meet experts in their fields. Learn more and apply here.


Read about former student cancer researchers on our Meet student researchers page.


Young Cancer Survivor Researching for a Cure


Gratitude From a Student Cancer Researcher


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