The MD Anderson Cancer Center UPWARDS Research Training Program addresses the lack of diversity afflicting the cancer research workforce and educational pipeline via early intervention programs that foster sustained interest in cancer research for young scientists. Our comprehensive UPWARDS Training Program (Underrepresented Minorities Working Towards Research Diversity in Science) focuses on major barriers deterring and preventing many minority students from pursuing and succeeding in graduate programs and in cancer research careers.
The MD Anderson UPWARDS Graduate Academic Year Research Training Program will cultivate undergraduate minority scientists with the goal of increasing diversity in biomedical graduate programs and in the cancer research workforce by supporting ten undergraduate trainees per year. The program offers stipends, fringe benefits, parking allowance, and provide a modest travel allowance. UPWARDS Graduate Academic Year Program trainees will be appointed for one year with competitive renewal option for up to two years. Renewals will be dependent upon successful academic and research progress, participation in activities related to the UPWARDS Graduate Academic Year Training Program (e.g., an annual presentation, journal club meetings) and competition with new applicants.
Accepted students will take part in a paid/ part-time year-long research experience at MD Anderson. Through this experience, you will be paired with a faculty member working in his /her lab gaining hands-on research experience, participate in didactic coursework and training, and receive mentoring to guide you in your future academic and professional pursuits.
All applicants must be an undergraduate who identifies at an underrepresented minority in science which includes ethnic or racial minority groups (African American, Hispanic, American Indian, Pacific Islander/native Hawaiian), economically disadvantaged, educationally disadvantaged, with disabilities, or first-generation students.
The 2021 application period is May 5, 2021 thru June 2, 2021.
Applicants will be notified with admissions decisions July 2nd. The 2021 program will begin September 6, 2021 and end June 10, 2022.
The following information is required on the application:
- Personal and demographic information
- Unofficial transcripts from undergraduate universities
- Personal Statement
- One letter of recommendation from a STEM (science, technology, engineering, or mathematics) professor
Applications must be completed and submitted before the above deadline. Incomplete applications will be purged after the deadline has passed. If the information found here did not provide the answers you need, please feel free to email the Program Administrators, Kara Lewis, Dr.P.H. (email@example.com) and Brittney Edwards. M.B.A. (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Program Contact Information
Khandan Keyomarsi, Ph.D. (left in photo)
UPWARDS Program Director
Stephanie S. Watowich, Ph.D. (right in photo)
UPWARDS Program Director
Questions? Contact us!
Please reach out to Kara Lewis, Dr.P.H. (email@example.com), Administrative Program Director or Brittney Edwards. M.B.A. (firstname.lastname@example.org), Program Manager with any questions.