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Short Term Research Experiences

NCI R25E Summer Research Experiences in Cancer Prevention


Program Description
Frequently Asked Questions
How to find a mentor
About this experience and other MDACC summer programs

IMPORTANT NOTE: This program is not to be confused with the  MD Anderson CPRIT (Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas) Summer Undergraduate Program.  Click here to apply to their program. Also note, MD Anderson Summer Experience applicants may apply to multiple programs but must create an application account per internship and upload required documents for each application. In most cases, these required documents will be duplicate.

Program Description

The Cancer Prevention Research Training Program (CPRTP) summer research experience is designed for undergraduate, graduate, and health professional students and provides mentored research experiences in a wide range of behavioral, quantitative, and basic science disciplines relevant to cancer prevention. This program includes career development and exploration activities. Students may not have other employment during the internship period. 


All applicants must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Must be a U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents. 
  • Open to Undergraduate, Graduate and Medical School Students interested in Cancer Prevention.
  • For the fall semester of the application year, applicants must have one of the following designations:
    • Undergraduate Junior (rising) or Undergraduate Senior (rising),
    • Graduate Student,
    • Health professional student (medical school, dental school, etc.).
  • Must be currently enrolled in a degree program at a degree-granting institution (during the Spring semester of the application year).
  • Students who will graduate with a Bachelors or Masters degree in May of the application year (transitioning to graduate or medical school), must submit proof of application OR proof of enrollment into a graduate or medical school program for the Fall semester, with their summer program application by the deadline. View acceptable proof of enrollment documents.
  • Awardees of this fellowship must be able to provide immunizations by the 1st week of May. Read more about immunizations.
  • Fellowship awardees must be available between March 1 and August 15 to complete additional time-sensitive paperwork that will require upload into the Discover system. Selected applicants must have access to all communications including telephone, internet, e-mail, and fax; and must be physically available in Houston, Texas to participate. 

The following applicants are NOT eligible:

  • High School students are not eligible.
  • Students with a degree, but are not enrolled in a program within a degree-granting institution, are not eligible.
  • Foreign nationals holding VISAS are not eligible.


The stipend is $10.00 per hour. 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. Students will not receive paid vacation or holiday pay.  

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 attended) Diplomas are not acceptable., 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 of the deadline. 

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. Read more Summer Research Experience FAQs!

How to Find A Mentor

  • Summer research experience applicants do not need a mentor to apply.   
  • Applicants 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
  • Visit How to Find a Mentor Page for mentor search methods and resources. 

About This Experience & Other Summer Programs

To learn more about the history of the CPRTP summer program and what to expect during this summer research experience, visit the About Our Fellowships page OR visit the About the Summer Program page directly. To apply for additional MD Anderson summer internships  Visit the MD Anderson Summer Experience page for additional summer internships.

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Online Application

Applications for Summer 2015 programs will be accepted from December 1, 2014 through midnight CST on January 16, 2015.


Summer Program Important Dates

Application Deadline:
Friday, January 16, 2015 - 11:59pm CST

Notice of Acceptance to Applicants:
Tuesday, January 20 - Friday, February 27, 2015

Additional Documents Due:
Friday, March 20, 2015

Mentor Matching:
Monday, March 2 - Friday, March 13, 2015

Immunization due in Discover:
Friday, April 10, 2015

Summer Program Start Date:
Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Summer Program End Date:
Friday, August 7, 2015

Application Questions?

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

If not found in FAQs, e-mail

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