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Inside IUPUI on winter break

Inside IUPUI will be taking a break from publication as the campus goes home for the holidays. Our next issue will be Jan. 11, and we wish everyone a bright season until then.

Cancer Center research program seeking applicants

For students interested in gaining hands-on experience in cancer research, a big opportunity has come in the form of the 2018 Summer Research Program at the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center.

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The world wakes up with the Simon Cancer Center. Photo by Liz Kaye, IU Communications

Held in partnership with the IU School of Medicine's Health Professions Program, this annual summer program takes place June 4 to July 24 next summer. For eight weeks, students are placed with a mentor physician or researcher working in the most progressive areas of cancer research. The goal of the program is to increase the number of underrepresented populations engaged in basic, clinical, and prevention and control cancer research by providing positive, insightful firsthand exposure to those fields.

The program is open to students who have completed their junior year in high school by the program's start date and have maintained at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Undergraduates must have completed 24 hours of college credit, be majoring in a biomedical or behavioral science, and have maintained a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2. Students will be selected based on their interest in biomedical or behavioral science, academic performance, and personal interviews.

Students in the Summer Research Program are paid and are responsible for their own housing and transportation arrangements. They can find more information and apply online.

Judith N. Lasker to speak on global health volunteerism

As the number of students seeking international experiences grows, universities are faced with the difficult challenge of ensuring that the valuable learning opportunities students have are not putting them or their host communities at risk.

Judith N. Lasker, author of "Hoping to Help: The Promises and Pitfalls of Global Health Volunteering" and NEH Distinguished Professor at Lehigh University, will present a public talk on the ethics of health volunteering abroad during the 14th Annual IUPUI International Festival, which will take place Feb. 14.

Students and program leaders alike from all IU campuses are forming "Hoping to Help" reading groups in advance of Lasker's visit. Reading group participants will be invited to an intimate book discussion with the author the morning of Feb. 14. Groups can apply to receive up to five copies of "Hoping to Help." For more information, contact the IUPUI director of study abroad, Stephanie Leslie, at

The festival will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 14 in the IUPUI Campus Center. The book discussion will be 8 to 9:30 a.m. in Campus Center Room 309, with Lasker's public talk following from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. in Campus Center Room 450A.

Join in remembering the Holocaust

Please join the campus community Thursday, Feb. 1, for the Holocaust Remembrance Day event. This event will start at 1:30 p.m. in the Campus Center Theater with remarks from Karen Dace, vice chancellor for diversity, equity and inclusion. Also on the schedule are a performance by the University Choir and a memorial candle-lighting by IUPUI students and faculty. Julie Kohner, founder and CEO of Voices of the Generations Inc., will be the keynote speaker. 

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Photos of Holocaust victims are powerful reminders of the past. Photo courtesy of IUPUI Office of Academic Affairs