Skip to Content

Short Term Research Experiences

NCI R25E Spring Research Experiences in Cancer Prevention


Program Description
Stipend and Benefits 
How to find a mentor
Frequently Asked Questions
About this research experience

Program Description

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.


This short-term research experience is funded for 15-weeks during the spring academic semester.  Awardees must comply all of the following terms:

  • Must be a U.S. Citizens 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.
  • Students enrolled in classes will be required to conduct their research for 20 hours per week at MD Anderson.
  • Must enroll in the required Topics in Cancer Prevention course offered through the UT Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS). This course will be paid by CPRTP.
  • Applicants must have access to a computer to review, sign, date and upload time-sensitive documents between October and early January, 2015.
  • May not receive additional federal funding during this research experience.
  • 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.

Stipend and Benefits

As per terms set by the NCI funding source, students will receive a stipend of $10.00 (less taxes) 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

I’m not able to start the fellowship until February, can I still participate?
No. The dates of the program are set and all applicants must be available for the entire length of the program.
I need to end a week earlier than the spring appointment end date, can I still participate in the spring program?
No. The dates of the program are set and all applicants must be available for the entire length of the program.
The spring research experience is 15 weeks, but I'm traveling during the Christmas holiday and will not be able to start on the appointment start date, can I still participate?
No. The Spring Research Experience dates are set and cannot be changed. If you cannot participate during the entire 15 weeks, you should not apply. Read more.

About this Research Experience

To learn more about the spring program's history and what to expect during this research experience, read more about the Spring Program

Back to top

Important Dates

Trainee Forum (Lunch, Orientation & Social Hour) Noon - 1:30pm: 
Thursday, November 20, 2014

Additional Discover Documents & Immunizations Due:
Thursday, December 4, 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

For CPRTP Mentors

For CPRTP mentor responsibilities, helpful links and guidelines for letters of support visit our page for Prospective Mentors!

Application Questions?

For application, fellowship & general questions visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.

If not found in FAQs, e-mail

We will respond within 2 business days.

© 2015 The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center