Short Term Research Experiences
NCI R25E Spring Research Experiences in Cancer Prevention
Open to U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents. Visa holders are not eligible.
The Cancer Prevention Research Training Program (CPRTP) is designed to expand the perspective of interested students and trainees by equipping them with knowledge of cancer prevention and control disciplines. Trainees are immersed in the cross-disciplinary environment typical of cancer prevention and control research and benefit from career and professional development opportunities. Students in the short-term research experience program receive hands-on experience in ongoing cancer prevention research projects under the mentorship of an established faculty investigator. They also achieve educational objectives mutually agreed on by the student and mentor. Students may not have other employment during the internship period.
About the Research Experience
- This short-term research experience is funded for 15-weeks during the spring academic semester.
- Awardees must comply all of the following terms:
- Applicants must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident. Visa holders are not eligible.
- Must provide proof of enrollment into a degree-granting program for the current Spring semester as an undergraduate, graduate, or health professional student (including medical student, nursing students, doctoral students, etc.) View acceptable proof of enrollment documents.
- May not receive additional federal funding during this research experience.
- Must enroll in the required Cancer Prevention GSBS course outlined in the Fellowship Requirement Memo.
- Will work at MD Anderson part-time (not to exceed 20 hours per week) and attend school (part-time).
- IMPORTANT: Applicants must have access to a computer to review, sign, date and upload time-sensitive documents between October and December, 2014.
- The fellowship dates for this program are set and cannot be modified. If you are unable to meet these requirements, perhaps you are better suited for the Summer Research Experience. The Summer Research Experience is generally announced in mid to late December of each year.
- Read the Spring Program FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions).
Stipend and Benefits
As per terms set by the NCI funding source, students will receive a stipend of $10.00 per hour, paid over the 15-week experience. Pay dates are the 5th and 20th of each month. Additional benefits include tuition costs for the required Cancer Prevention GSBS course.
How to Find a Mentor
- One primary mentor is required and must have a faculty appointment at the Assistant Professor level or higher within MD Anderson.
- The mentor must have a project related to cancer prevention.
- A second mentor is optional.
- Faculty conducting cancer prevention research are concentrated within the following five (5) departments: 1) Behavioral Science 2) Health Disparities Research 3) Clinical Cancer Prevention 4) Epidemiology and 5) Health Services Research.
- Use the mentor search methods on the CPRTP Mentor page.
Deadlines & Important Dates
Monday, October 20, 2014
Application Decision to Applicants:
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Discover Documents & Immunizations Due:
Friday, November 28, 2014
Trainee Forum (Orientation & Social Hour) 4 - 5:00pm:
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Fellowship Start Date:
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Topics Course Start Date:
Friday, January 16, 2015
Halfway Reports Due:
Monday, February 23, 2015
Final Reports Due:
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Spring Research Exposition:
Friday, April 17, 2015
Fellowship End Date:
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
R25E Spring Research Experience Instructions & Forms
- Application Checklist and Coversheet (fillable pdf)
- Mentors Profile Form (fillable pdf)
- Fellowship Requirements Memo (to be signed by applicant an Primary Mentor)
- Mentor Requirements Memo (to be signed by Primary Mentor only)
For more information about what's expected of CPRTP mentors and guidelines for letters of support, visit the CPRTP Mentoring Page!