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Short Term Research Experiences

NCI R25E Summer Research Experiences in Cancer Prevention


Program Description
What to Expect During This Experience
Frequently Asked Questions
How to find a mentor
Additional MD Anderson 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 April. Read more about immunizations.
  • Fellowship awardees must be available between February 1 and June 1 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 minimum stipend is $10.00 per hour and subject to change. This rate 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.  

What to Expect During This Experience

To learn more about the history of the CPRTP summer program, what to expect, work hours, activities and summer alumni, visit the About the CPRTP Summer Research Experience page.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What documents make up the summer program application?

The following items are required for Phase 1 of the summer application:  

  1. Discover Application Form
  2. Additional Demographics & Future Plans Form
  3. Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Resume
  4. Letters of Recommendation (Quantity = 2)
  5. Personal Statement (mentor choices must be included)
  6. Tobacco Policy Acknowledgement
  7. Unofficial Transcripts of Highest Degree (if you have applied to medical school or another institution and have not yet completed classes, you will submit your unofficial transcript from your PREVIOUS institution)

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. Due to high volume, ALL letters of recommendation must be submitted via the Discover system (per the instructions). Do not send letters directly to

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. 

Additional MD Anderson Summer Programs

Read more about additional summer programs offered at MD Anderson Cancer Center as part of the Summer Research Experience. Select a program to read the eligibility requirements and apply.

Summer Program Important Dates

We are no longer accepting applications. 

The following dates apply to awardees and are subject to change:

Applications Pre-Reviewed:
Tuesday, January 20 through Friday, January 23, 2015

E-mail Notification to Applicants Selected for Review: 
Monday, January 26, 2015

Application Review 
Wednesday, January 28 - Thursday, February 12, 2015

Final E-mail Notification of Acceptance:
Thursday, February 12, 2015

Submit Additional Documents in Discover:
Friday, February 20 - Friday, March 27, 2015

Mentor Matching:
Monday, February 23 - Friday, March 13, 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

We will respond within 2 business days.

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