MD Anderson Summer Experience

MD Anderson Summer ExperienceExplore Your Future in Cancer Research

The Summer Experience is a series of summer programs designed for students to gain basic research experience. Besides research, the Summer Experience includes a series of lectures and other events, concluding with a Poster Session and Elevator Speech competition on the final day of the program. Each program has its unique criteria and experience. Program starts on June 7 and ends on August 12, 2016.

Click the program's link for more information or to apply. 

High School Summer Program:  
The King Foundation supports a seven-week program for college-bound students graduating from Texas High Schools in Spring of 2016. 
Learn more: High School Summer Program

Cancer Prevention Research Training Program:  
This program is designed for undergraduate, graduate, and health professions students and provides mentored research experiences in behavioral, quantitative, and basic science disciplines relevant to cancer prevention. 
Learn more: Cancer Prevention Research Training Program

CPRIT-CURE Summer Undergraduate Program:  
This program is aimed at highly motivated college students who are interested in a research career (i.e., future Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D). 
Learn more: CPRIT-CURE Summer Undergraduate Program

U54 Partnership for Excellence in Cancer Research Summer Training Program:  
This program is for undergraduate, graduate and medical trainees in the University of Puerto Rico System that are interested in mentored basic, clinical or translational research experiences working alongside world-renowned faculty. 
Learn more: U54 Partnership for Excellence in Cancer Research Summer Training Program 

1st Year Medical School Student Program:  
This program aims to provide a 10-week investigative scientific research experience to students who have completed their first year in medical school. 
Learn more: 1st Year Medical Student Program

Summer Undergraduate Research Program:  
This program is designed specifically for undergraduate students who wish to gain hands-on experience under the supervision of mentors in a broad range of cancer research. 
Learn more: Summer Undergraduate Research Program

For more information or to apply, click on the link to each program. Once you click apply within the individual program’s webpage you will be taken to Discover, our application system. Create your application account and follow the instructions for uploading the required documents.  

There are three phases to the application process. All three phases take place primarily through the Discover system, a few items will be submitted electronically via email and immunization health records are uploaded to Certified Profile.

Important points to remember:

  • Download and complete each form using the "Get Form" feature.
  • All pages of the completed documents must be uploaded into the Discover account, not just the signature page.
  • Signatures must be handwritten, not typed in a cursive font nor entered electronically. Failure to sign and date documents will cause the forms to be rejected.
  • All handwritten data must be printed clearly and legibly. Documents that are not legible will be rejected.
  • Unofficial transcript of the highest degree means highest degree already conferred not a degree in progress.

Phase 1: Required Documents:

  • Additional Demographics and Future Plans Form
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV or Resume)
  • Personal Statement
  • Letters of Recommendation (Quantity: 2)
  • Tobacco Policy Acknowledgement
  • Unofficial Transcript of Highest Degree

After phase 1, the individual programs will review applications, selected individuals will be contacted with offer of summer positions.  Accepted students will receive emails from the Discover system with request for additional documents to be completed, signed and uploaded. Individual program manager will be contacting students with further instructions and deadlines.

Phase 2: Required Documents:

  • Notification of Personal and Criminal History Background Check Form (This is an electronic form. Students will receive a link and instructions to complete and submit this form electronically).
  • Proof of Selective Service
  • Release of Liability
  • Immunization Compliance Form (this must be uploaded after all health documents are uploaded and approved in the Certified Profile system)

Once your immunization compliance report has and other required Phase 2 documents been uploaded, they will be reviewed and approved/reject. A recommendation will be generated for appointment. After appointment letters have been issued, students will move to Phase 3 of the Application process: the onboarding process. NOTE: All documents are required to be completed, if any document does not apply, simply download and put N/A on page and upload.

Phase 3: Appointment:

  • Appointment letter: Please sign and date the last page of this document and upload ALL pages of the appointment letter into the Discover system. Please do not upload ONLY the signature page.
  • Photo for ID Badge:  You will receive an email request to email a photo and that photo must meet the requirements outlined in the email.  This photo will be used for your MD Anderson identification (ID) badge.  Be sure to read the photo instructions carefully, as all photos not in compliance will be rejected.  
  • Electronic I-9 form to verify employment and identity: All students who will receive a stipend will receive an email sometime in May with instructions to complete Section 1 of the electronic I-9.  This is mandatory and failure to comply will cause delays in your start date.  PLEASE NOTE:  Students will also be required to present original copies of the acceptable documents in order to complete the E-verify process.

Application accounts cannot be moved from one program to the other. Therefore, if you want to apply to more than one program you need to create application accounts in the appropriate programs and upload all the required documents for each application. Regardless of the number of programs to which you applied. Only one offer will be made if you are a selected candidate.

UTHSC Summer Programs:  
You might also be interest in The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Summer Research Programs. 
Learn more: UTHSC Summer Program 

NOTE: The UTHSC programs are not related to the MD Anderson Summer Experience.

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