The Cancer Prevention Research Training Program (CPRTP) Summer Research Experience is a paid internship designed to provide research experience and mentoring for undergraduate, graduate and health profession students interested in cancer prevention research. Through our National Cancer Institute (NCI) funded R25E “Cancer Prevention Education: Student Research Experiences” (R25 CA056452, Dr. Shine Chang, Principal Investigator) training grant, we created this experience, which is one of a series of programs within the MD Anderson Summer Experience.
This research experience will be supported by a curriculum of educational and career development activities. Through these activities, students will learn about current and innovative topics in cancer prevention at seminars, explore the possibility of a career in science, and get to know other MD Anderson summer students with similar interests.
Under the guidance of a matched faculty mentor, summer trainees will collaborate full-time on an independent research project and receive additional mentoring by a research staff of graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, research assistants and laboratory technicians.
The CPRTP Summer Research Experience program offers:
- 10 paid weeks of mentored cancer prevention related research in a broad range of areas
- Weekly seminars
- Career development activities
- Training in elevator speech skills and scientific posters
- Discussion groups
- Seminars and much more
The summer application opens annually beginning December 1st and closes in mid-January.
The following dates for the next summer application cycle are subject to change:
- Application open: Friday, November 30, 2018
- Application deadline: Friday, January 18, 2019
- Notification of acceptance: Tuesday, February 19, 2019
- Phase 2 documents deadline: Monday, March 18, 2019
- Phase 3 documents deadline: Monday, May 6, 2019
- Summer Program start date: Tuesday, June 4, 2019
- Summer Program end date: Friday, August 9, 2019
- Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident.
- Must have one of the following designations for the fall semester of the program year:
- Undergraduate Junior or Undergraduate Senior,
- Graduate Student,
- Health professional student (first year medical, dental or nursing school; doctoral students, Pharm D, etc).
- Must be enrolled in a degree program at a degree-granting institution located within the United States, during the Spring semester and fall semester of the application year.
- Students transitioning to graduate or medical school must provide: 1) Proof of application (a copy of medical or graduate school application uploaded into the Discover system), OR 2) Proof of enrollment into medical or graduate school in the form of an acceptance letter.
- Students beyond their first year of medical or pharmacy school by the spring semester of the application year, must provide a letter which must: 1) be on institutional letterhead, 2) state that the applicant has permission to forgo the start of the medical/pharmacy program in order to participate in the MD Anderson CPRTP summer program, and 3) include the summer program start and end dates.
- Must have an interest in cancer prevention reflected within the personal statement.
- Must commit to the full 10-week program, and not be involved in other summer employment, programs or course work; must not plan to return to school prior to the end of the summer program; and must not plan to take any personal vacation or make other commitments during the summer program
- Summer program awardees are strictly prohibited from partial, early or late program participation. Please consult with your school or P.I. to ensure that there is no conflict in schedule before you apply to this fellowship.
The following applicants are NOT eligible:
- High School students.
- Students with a degree, but are not enrolled in a program within a degree-granting institution during both the Spring and the Fall.
- Foreign nationals holding visas.
- Students who are taking a year off from school or who are in a gap year.
- Medical doctors or Ph.D. holders who are not enrolled in school.
This fellowship pays up to $15 per hour (up to $600/week) less federal tax deductions, and is mostly funded by the National Cancer Institute R25E grant award (R25-CA056452, Dr. Shine Chang, Principal Investigator). Housing assistance is available. Please indicate your housing plans on the Additional Demographics form. Paychecks will be issued on the 5th and the 20th of each month, deducting the required federal tax. Students will not receive health benefits, paid vacation or holiday pay.
The following documents are required to apply to the summer program, and all items must be uploaded into the Discover system by the application deadline, including the letters of recommendation.
- Discover Application Form
- Additional Demographics & Future Plans Form
- Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Resume
- Personal Statement (with 6 mentor choices)
- Two (2) Letters of Recommendation (no more than 2 letters will be accepted however, you may request letters from additional recommenders in case one of the primary recommenders does not submit in time).
- Tobacco Policy Acknowledgement
- Unofficial Transcript of Highest Degree (high school transcript not required, include current or most recent college transcript)
Phase 1 (application) is the initial application stage open to all, and described in Application Components above.
Phases 2 (recommendation) and 3 (pre-appointment) take place after an applicant has been awarded a summer fellowship. These phases include the criminal background and immunizations.
Applicants interested in applying for the Cancer Prevention Research Training Program's Summer Research Experience are encouraged to read these Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS), which details the application and selection process.
Tips for Acceptance
Increase your chances of acceptance, by following these recommended tips for a successful summer application.
- It is imperative that applicants have access to their medical history, including immunization or shot records.
- Awardees will be required to show an original, non-photocopied, United States government issued photo identification and social security card or United States passport, on the first day of employment. Failure to show these documents will result in the forfeit of the summer fellowship.
- Awardees must have access to a email, scanner and fax machine, to upload important time-sensitive documents between February and late May.
- Travel is not recommended during this time, as well as during the fellowship. Time off for personal events (e.g. weddings) and other school-related events is not permitted. Confer with your school, P.I., and family to ensure your schedule is clear, before you commit to this summer fellowship award. Individuals who accept the terms of this award must participate in the full ten weeks of the summer program.
In terms of personal growth, I couldn't imagine where I'd be today had I not gone through this CPRTP summer experience. The advice and insight offered to me by some of the nation's leading researchers and physicians has been unlike any other opportunity I've ever had...What I appreciated most (was their) willingness to be real with me, to share with me their personal opinions about their career and what it truly took to get there.
2015 Summer College Student
Mentors: Dr. Peiying Yang & Robin Haddad, M.P.H.
CPRTP Summer Trainees in Action
2016 CPRTP Summer Exposition: Former CPRTP Postdoc Fellow & Asst. Prof. of Gastroenterology, Dr. Mala Pande & Sheila Mallenhalli, CPRTP Summer Student
2017 MD Anderson Summer Experience Poster Session: Clarisa Salinas (College Student, Univ. of Incarnate Word)
2010 CPRTP Summer Trainee Alumni, Saviour Achilike, M.D.
(Left to Right) Dr. Lovell Jones; 2012 CPRTP Summer Graduate Research Asst., Demetrice "Dee" Jordan; Dr. Ernest Hawk, Vice President of DCPPS
2016 MD Anderson Summer Experience Welcome Lunch
2017 CPRTP Summer Medical Student, Sherene Lattimore & CPRTP Postdoc Alumni, Dr. Melinda Yates (Asst. Professor, Gyn.Onc.)
2016 MD Anderson Summer Experience Seminar Series
Summer Program Contacts
Prior to contacting the CPRTP, please read the CPRTP Summer Program - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS), which details the eligibility requirements and application process.
Kava L. Lewis, B.A.
Cancer Prevention Research Training Program
Carrie Cameron, Ph.D.
Cancer Prevention Research Training Program