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Short Term Research Experiences

NCI R25E Summer Research Experience in Cancer Prevention


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


All applicants must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident 
  • For the fall semester of the application year, applicants must have one of the following designations:
    • Undergraduate Junior (rising),
    • Undergraduate Senior (rising),
    • Graduate Student,
    • Health professional student.
  • 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 February 28th deadline. 
  • Awardees of this fellowship must be able to provide immunizations by the 1st week of May. Read about immunizations.
  • Fellowship awardees must be available during the following times:
    • April 1 - May 31: Additional, time-sensitive paperwork will be due in the Discover system during this time period. Deadlines will be provided. There will be no exceptions nor deadline extensions.  Selected applicants must have access to all communications including telephone, internet, e-mail, and fax.  
    • June 1 - August 15:  Summer students must be physically available during this time period to participate in the summer research experience. The exact program dates will be provided.  Time off will not be granted during this time for travel nor vacations. 

The following applicants are NOT eligible:

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

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, February 28, 2014. You can check the status of your documents by logging on to your Discover account. Be sure to follow up with your recommenders and make sure they have submitted your letters of recommendation. 

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 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

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 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 the summer program start date posted on this web page. 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

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applicants and existing  fellows!

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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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