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Research Membership Criteria and Benefits

Membership Criteria

The strength of a matrix cancer center is directly linked to bringing talented investigators from across the University.  We encourage investigators interested in cancer research collaborations to apply for members of Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute.  Applicants must hold a faculty appointment at the Penn State College of Medicine, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute partner or affiliate institution.

Acceptance/Approval of a membership application is determined by the Scientific Leadership Committee and is based on the following criteria: 

  • Major laboratory, clinical, or population research interest in cancer
  • Peer-reviewed cancer research funding
  • Publications on cancer-related subjects
  • Desire for active collaboration with other Cancer Institute investigators
  • Willingness to participate in Cancer Institute activities and committees

 It is not mandatory for acceptance of initial membership application to meet all criteria; reasonable criteria are based on the nature of the application and determined by the Scientific Leadership Committee and respective Program Leader(s). Members will be reviewed on an annual basis to determine compliance with the above criteria.

Benefits of Membership

  • Eligibility for annual PSHCI developmental funding
  • Access to tissues from the Tissue Bank
  • Receive clinical research protocol support
  • Utilize Shared Resources Core Facilities with the understanding that users will cite the core in publications
  • Receipt of PSHCI calendar of events, program and seminar announcements via PSU listserve
  • Increased opportunities for collaboration with other members
  • Inclusion of research summary on PSHCI website, which increases opportunities for future collaborations

To apply for membership, complete the PSHCI membership application and return to Colleen Kelley at