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Dana-Farber Cancer Institute & Northeastern University

Each year, one Steamboat Scholar is selected from the junior class at Northeastern University to work at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI). Established in 1947, DFCI was originally dedicated to providing children with cancer with compassionate, state-of-the-art treatment and simultaneously developing the cancer preventatives, treatments, and cures of the future. DFCI expanded its programs to include patients of all ages in 1969. Today, DFCI over 3,700 employees supporting more than 350,000 patient visits a year, is involved in nearly 700 clinical trials, and is internationally renowned for its blending of research and clinical excellence.

One of a few undergraduate interns at DFCI, the Steamboat Scholar is selected and guided by three of the Institute's most active and cutting-edge researchers:

  • Steve Sallan, M.D. is a renowned pediatric oncologist who is an expert in childhood leukemia; his research has led to the development of pediatric leukemia clinical protocols used worldwide. Dr. Sallan is Chief of Staff Emeritus and the Quick Family Senior Investigator in Pediatric Oncology at Dana-Farber and a Professor at Harvard Medical School.

  • George Demetri, M.D. has developed several novel anti-cancer strategies for the management of sarcomas and other solid tumors. His groundbreaking work on the novel drug Gleevec now represents the standard of care for patients with gastrointestinal stromal tumors. Dr. Demetri is the Senior Vice President for Experimental therapeutics, Director of the Center for Sarcoma and Bone Oncology at Dana-Farber, Director of the Ludwig Center at Dana-Farber/Harvard and a Professor at Harvard Medical School.
  • Dr. Edwin P. Alyea received his M.D. from Duke University in 1989. He completed postgraduate training in internal medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, followed by a fellowship in medical oncology and hematology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and BWH. In 1996, he was recruited to join DFCI and is currently the Associate Director of the Stem Cell/Bone Marrow Transplantation Program and holds an appointment as Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. His research centers on adoptive immunotherapy for the treatment of hematologic diseases.

A DFCI researcher will be assigned as the Scholar's Senior Mentor for the summer, depending on the Scholar's specific interests. The Scholar has the freedom to choose which research or clinical opportunities to pursue at DFCI, including many existing programs in specific disease areas such as Cancer Systems Biology, Chemistry, Proteomics, Computational Biology, Imaging, and Population Sciences.

Important Dates

    On-Campus Information Session - November 1, 2012, 6:00pm
    Applications Due - November 30, 2012
    Semi-Finalist Interviews - February 1, 2013
    Finalist Interviews - TBD
    Scholar Notification - TBD

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Summer Scholar Program

Program Application

If you are currently a junior and would like to apply to become a Steamboat Scholar at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, download the application here:

Deadline: The 2012 application deadline is November 30, 2012.


The University Review Committee is comprised of dedicated members of the administration and faculty.

Gail Begley

Professor, Biology

Jonna Iacono

Director, Office of Fellowships

Maureen Kelleher

Director, University Honors Program
Associate Professor of Sociology

Rein Kirss

Professor, Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Sue Powers-Lee

Executive Vice Provost, Undergraduate Education 

Mary Watson

Professor, Health Sciences

Past Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Scholars

Lindsay Jones

Kristen Daley

Meghan Eaton

Alicia Jones

Chelsey Mitchell

Emily Batt

Emma Chory

Sean Burns