Walter Lawrence Scholars Initiative

WLSI testimonials

Hear from past participants about their experience as a Massey intern.

Past Participants

About the Walter Lawrence Scholars Initiative

The Walter Lawrence Scholars Initiative (WLSI) offers exposure to career pathways for diverse populations interested in scientific writing and science communication. Interns will gain an understanding of related opportunities within the field of biomedical research. Qualified applicants should demonstrate academic excellence, be intellectually curious, team orientated, and have an interest in oncology-related careers and health disparities. Interns will also learn about the program's namesake, Walter Lawrence Jr., M.D., the first Massey Cancer Center Director, and the qualities of humanity and medical excellence he shared with patients and colleagues.

2023 internship details

The WLSI is open to students who have completed qualifying exams at the Ph.D. level and postdoctoral trainees with an interest in scientific writing and science communications. Features of the internship include:

Stipend award

Interns receive a stipend based on education/career level up to $4,700. Room and board will not be provided, however travel costs for the two on-site days will be included. All VCU-affiliated candidates that receive funding from VCU cannot participate in WLSI without approval from their academic advisor and/or program director.

Application process and eligibility

The WLSI is now accepting applications from students that have completed qualifying exams at the Ph.D. level and postdoctoral trainees. Applicants must demonstrate academic excellence and an interest in cancer science. The application must be completed in its entirety and submitted by April 3, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. (EST).

Important dates for participation

Summer 2023 applications are no longer being accepted at this time. Please check back for updates.

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