A Short Course in

Cancer Systems Biology

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's course has been cancelled. Applications for the 2021 course are being accepted. Those applicants who were admitted to the 2020 course maintain their admitted status.  The 2021 course dates will be posted as soon as possible. Thank you for your interest in the course and we look forward to seeing you next year.

2020 Course Dates

  • May 4-8, 2020: Preparatory Workshop
  • May 11-20, 2020: Core course
  • Application window opens: December 1, 2019

To Apply

Applications received will be handled on a rolling basis.  If you are interested in receiving fellowship support, we encourage you to apply early as fellowship funds will be disbursed as appropriate requests come in.

To get started, please fill out the application form at the bottom of this page.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Emi Embler eembler@uci.edu or Karen Martin, kymartin@uci.edu.

Course Fees

Participants costs are as follows:

US Citizens and Permanent Residents

1. A  registration fee of $1,000 will be charged to cover meals-on-site, which includes a continental breakfast, most lunches, up to two dinners, and one Saturday evening dinner event.  Part of this fee ($200) will be collected as a deposit once the applicant is accepted to the course, and the remaining  $800 will be collected prior to the start of the course.

2. Participants will be reimbursed for travel (air, rail, ground transportation) based on their location of origin.

  • Participants coming from Southern California (other than Orange County) will be reimbursed up to $100
  • Participants coming from the U.S. West Coast or Arizona will be reimbursed up to $350
  • Participants coming from all other locations will be reimbursed up to $600. 

3. Participants will be reimbursed approximately $50 per day (maximum per participant $1,000) to defray costs of lodging and meals not provided during course time (receipts will be required).  More funds may be available depending upon the number of participants and the costs they incur.


Non-US Citizens or International Applicants:

Per NIH policy, applicants who are not US citizens or permanent residents are not eligible for reimbursement of costs associated with travel or subsistence.  In addition, the registration fee for such applicants will be $3,300, to cover the costs of course materials, supplies.  Part of this fee ($200) will be collected as a deposit once the applicant is accepted to the course, and the remaining  $3,100 will be collected prior to the start of the course.

Applicants are responsible for arranging appropriate travel visas in a timely manner.



Fellowships are available for diverse, disabled or under-represented minority applicants to cover up to 100% of the registration fee, as well as any unreimbursed portion of travel or subsistence costs.


UCI is most easily reached by air from Orange County/John Wayne Airport (SNA).  Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is about an hour’s drive. The nearest rail stop is Irvine Station (Amtrak, Metrolink).

Course Location

Natural Sciences I, Room 1114
(Building 517 on the Campus Map)


Parking is available in lot 16 and 16H.  Please see the campus parking map for more information including location of pay-to-park kiosks.


A number of low-cost hotels are available in the area that provides shuttle service to UCI.  These include:

Travelodge OC Airport/Costa Mesa

Ayres Hotel

Irvine Hotel

We will assist participants in finding appropriate hotels and in arranging to share rooms with other meeting participants.  Individuals are welcome to choose other locations, e.g. through rental services such as Airbnb.

Application Form