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Short Term Research Experiences

NCI R25E Summer Research Experience in Cancer Prevention


Open to U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents.


All applicants must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident 
  • 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),
    • 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 deadline. 
  • 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.

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. 

How long does the summer program last?
The program is a total of 10 weeks, from Tuesday, June 2  – Friday, August 7, 2015.

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!


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. NOTE: Students will not receive paid vacation or holiday pay.  

How to Find A Mentor

Summer research experience applicants do not need 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

Visit How to Find a Mentor Page for search methods. 

Read more about the CPRTP Summer Program and view our past programs.

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

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Online Application Form

Application opens Monday, December 1, 2014.  

Please check back for application instructions. 

Summer Program Dates

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

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

Additional Documents Due:
Friday, March 20, 2015 

Immunization and Photo Uploaded tp Discover:
Friday, April 10, 2015

Summer Program Start Date:
Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Summer Program End Date:
Friday, August 7, 2015

Application Questions?

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