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Short Term Research Experiences

NCI R25E Summer Research Experience in Cancer Prevention

FUNDED BY AN R25E TRAINING GRANT (R25-CA056452) FROM THE NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE

Open to Undergraduate, Graduate and Medical Students interested in Cancer Prevention.

Eligibility

All applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be an undergraduate, graduate or health professional student.
  • Must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident.
  • Must be currently enrolled in a undergraduate or graduate degree program at the time of application (Spring semester, 2014).
  • Students who have their undergraduate or graduate degree, but are NOT enrolled in a program, are NOT eligible.
  • Undergraduates transitioning to graduate or medical school in Fall 2014 are eligible, but must show proof of acceptance, or at least an application to a graduate program, by the February 28th deadline.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What documents make up the summer program application?

Six (6) items are required for Phase 1 of the application:  1)Discover Application Form, 2)Additional Demographics & Future Plans Form, 3)Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Resume, 4)Personal Statement, 5)Unofficial Transcripts of Highest Degree (from all institutions), 6) Two Letters of Recommendation. 

Are all application documents due by the application deadline, including letters of recommendation?
Yes. All documents including the two (2) required letters of recommendation are due by 11:59pm CST, February 28, 2014.

How long does the summer program last?
The program is a total of 10 weeks, from Tuesday, June 3  – Friday, August 8, 2014.

Our family has a planned summer vacation on August 5th, can I leave the program early?
No. Students who cannot participate for the complete 10 weeks should not apply.  

Do I need a mentor to apply to the summer program?
No. Applicants are matched with mentors after they are accepted into the program, based on the information provided on the personal statement submitted with the application. 

Where is the "Submit Application" button in Discover to submit my summer application?
There is only a submit application link.  Please make sure to click the "Submit Application" link after entering your application data.  

How can I tell if my application has been received?
It is your responsibility to logon to your Discover account and check the status of your submitted documents. As long as your uploaded documents are in "Submitted" or "Accepted by Prog/Dept." status, our program has received them. Due to the high volume of summer program applications, we are unable to confirm receipt of application documents.

How many letters of recommendation are required for the Summer Research Experience? 
Two (2) letters of recommendation are required. 

Why hasn't my recommender received the e-mail notification with instructions for uploading the letter of recommendation into my Discover account?
Please instruct your recommender to check their bulk, spam or junk mail folder, since many institutions flag e-mails from the Discover system as spam. In addition, you can have your recommender e-mail their letter of recommendation (on letterhead, recently dated, signed & addressed to Dr. Shine Chang) to apply@cancerpreventiontraining.org and we will attach your letter to the applicant's Discover account.  Read more Summer Research Experience FAQs!

Stipend and Housing

The stipend is $10.00 per hour (a total of $4,000 paid over the 10 week period). This rate is non-negotiable and is determined by the National Cancer Institute R25E grant (R25-CA056452). Paychecks will be issued on the 5th and the 20th of each month deducting the required federal tax. NOTE: Summer students will not be paid for Independence Day-4th of July holiday. 

Partial housing subsidy assistance is available for out-of-town trainees. If you will need housing assistance, please e-mail apply@cancerpreventiontraining.org.

How to Find A Mentor

Summer research experience applicants do not need to have a mentor to apply.   You are required to list a minimum of three (3) and  maximum of six (6) mentor choices in your personal statement submitted with your application. Our program will match students with mentors based on those mentor choices and any additional information provided on your Personal Statement

To find a potential mentor visit the How to Find a Mentor Page and search 2 ways: 

1) Click the “Faculty Profiles” link and search by keywords (e.g., smoking cessation, health disparities), or 
2) Click on each department’s web page and search the “Faculty & Staff” link by reading the profiles of the faculty in that department. 

Immunizations

Immunizations are mandatory of all MD Anderson employees including students.  All summer research experience awardees will be required to upload immunization records into the Certified Profile system. There is a $20 non-refundable processing fee to use the certified profile system.  Since incomplete immunizations can prevent you from participating in the summer program, we encourage all applicants to make sure their vaccinations are current, including the TB test. Your TB must be current within one year of your summer program start date. Read more about Immunizations


Read about past Summer Research Programs in Cancer Prevention

Visit the MD Anderson Summer Experience page for additional summer internships.

Return to Cancer Prevention Research Training Program home page.

Online Application Form

Closed we are no longer accepting applications.  

Please check back in January, 2015 for the Summer Research Experience 2015 application instructions. 

Summer Program Dates

Application Deadline:
Friday, February 28, 2014 - 11:59pm CST.

Notice of Acceptance to Applicants:
Wednesday, March 19th - Monday, March 31, 2014

Additional Application Documents Due:
Monday, April 14, 2014 to Thursday, May 1, 2014

Immunization and Photo Uploaded tp Discover:
Monday, May 26, 2014

Summer Program Start Date:
Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Summer Program End Date:
Friday, August 8, 2014

Got Application Questions?

We encourage you to read the 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ) PAGE 

which contains information for applicants and existing  fellows!


If your answer is not found in our FAQs, e-mail your question to:

apply@cancerpreventiontraining.org

We will respond within 1 to 2 business days.

Calendar of Events

Welcome Reception
Location: Anderson Conference Hall Rooms 1 - 8

Friday, June 6, 2014
4:30 - 6:30pm

Lunch Lecture (1)
Location: AT&T Auditorium

Friday, June 13, 2014
Noon - 1:00pm

Lunch Lecture (2)
Location: AT&T Auditorium

Friday, June 20, 2014
Noon - 1:00pm

Lunch Lecture (3)
Location: South Campus Conference Center Rooms 1 - 6

Friday, June 27, 2014
Noon - 1:00pm

Lunch Lecture (4)
Location: AT&T Auditorium

Friday, July 11, 2014
Noon - 1:00pm

Lunch Lecture (5)
Location: AT&T Auditorium

Friday, July 18, 2014
Noon - 1:00pm

Lunch Lecture (6)
Location: South Campus Conference Center Rooms 1 - 6

Friday, July 25, 2014
Noon - 1:00pm

Poster Session/Elevator Speech Competition and Video Competition
Location: Anderson Conference Hall Rooms 1 - 8

Friday, August 8, 2014
1:00 - 4:00pm


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