Applications are accepted between Dec. 1 and mid-January of each year. Visit this webpage after Dec. 1 to apply.
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” (CA056452) 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
- Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident.
- Must have one of the following designations for the fall semester of the application year:
- Undergraduate Junior (rising) or Undergraduate Senior (rising),
- Graduate Student,
- Health professional student (medical, dental or nursing school; doctoral students, Pharm D, etc).
- Must be enrolled in a degree program at a degree-granting institution during the Spring semester and fall semester of the application year.
- Students transitioning to graduate or medical school must provide either: 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.
- Must have an interest in cancer prevention and this must be reflected in your personal statement.
- Must commit to the full ten-week program, and not be involved in other summer employment or course work. Partial participation, starting the program late, nor ending the program early will not be allowed.
- Must provide immunizations by the 1st week of March. Applicants are advised to make sure they have access to their shot records at the time of application. Only fellowship awardees will be required to upload immunizations once they receive instructions from the CPRTP. Do not upload immunizations in Phase 1.
- Must have access to telephone, internet, e-mail & fax, between February 1 and June 1 to complete & upload additional time-sensitive paperwork to the Discover system.
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 a stipend up to $12.50 per hour, which is determined and funded 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.
This award does not provide housing nor any financial supplement for housing. It will be the responsibility of the trainee to locate their own housing, however are more than happy to furnish a list of surveyed CPRTP summer awardees who are in need of roommates or who are interested in carpooling. Please indicate your need for a roommate or carpool on your Demographics and Future Plans form within the Discover system.
Click here to view a list of housing resources.
Thursday, January 19, 2017, 11:59 p.m. CT
Students Notified of Acceptance
Friday, January 20 – Friday, February 17, 2017
Additional Application Documents Due
Monday, February 20 - Monday, March 13, 2017
Appointment Start Date
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Appointment End Date
Friday, August 11, 2017
The following items will be required for upload into the Discover system via the link on this web page after application open on Decembe1. All items listed below are due by the application deadline.
- 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, we recommend that you request letters from more than 2 individuals, just in case one of them fails to submit a letter).
- Tobacco Policy Acknowledgement
- Unofficial Transcript of Highest Degree (high school transcript not required, please include current or most recent college transcript)
The complete application process is five months from mid-January to mid-May and awardees are expected to be available during this period to complete time-sensitive paperwork. Failure to complete this paperwork will result in the forfeiture of the fellowship award. The application timeline includes completing and uploading additional paperwork in the Discover system, phone interviews of potential mentors, immunizations, and submission of the signed fellowship award letter.
Applicants interested in applying for the Cancer Prevention Research Training Program's Summer Research Experience are encouraged to read these Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS), as they answer many application questions.
Many students often ask how they can increase their chances of getting a CPRTP Summer Research Experience fellowship award or why their application was not selected for review. The following are a few tips that will ensure that your application is selected for review.
1.Upload your initial application components two weeks prior to the posted deadline. Many applicants wait until the last minute and often times, their application is not selected simply because they are missing one letter of recommendation. Do not wait until the last minute to apply. Because recommenders are usually traveling around the winter holidays---applicants are encouraged to request their letters as soon as possible. Application extensions are not granted for those missing letters of recommendation.
2. Keep track of your Discover applications. We cannot stress this enough. Because the MD Anderson Summer Experience includes six other participating summer programs, and the Discover system allows multiple summer applications with one single email address, many applicants lose track of which fellowships in which they are applying. For example: Jane Doe may apply to the CPRIT/CURE Undergraduate Summer Experience and the CPRTP Summer Research Experience using her email address JDoe1234@yahoo.com. However, Jane will receive two unique Discover ID account numbers. In this instance, Jane should make a list of those Discover ID numbers and the corresponding fellowship to eliminate confusion. No two MD Anderson summer programs are the same and usually the same application components are required for each summer fellowship.
3. Follow up with your recommenders. It is imperative that you have someone who knows you well and can write a strong letter of recommendation on your behalf. It is the applicant's responsibility to enter the recommender's contact information (name, title, e-mail address) into the Discover system and follow up with them to make sure the letters have been written and uploaded. Applicants can log on to their Discover account to see if the requested letter was uploaded. Please do not contact the CPRTP to ask if a letter has been received, as applicants have complete access to their Discover accounts. The Discover system will automatically e-mail a link to the recommender and the recommender must use the link to upload their letter. If the link has not been received by the recommender (due to institutional server issues, spam or bulk mail issues), the recommender may email the letter to the applicant and the applicant may upload the letter into their Discover account.
4. Make sure the letters of recommendation are strong. A recommendation letter with one paragraph is not a strong letter and can ruin your chances of a fellowship award. This letter can come from an academic advisor (high school or college), former teacher or professor, pastor, colleague, employer, co-worker or anyone with a relationship with the applicant. A successful letter will include a minimum of 4 paragraphs and as long as 2 pages. Please see the FAQs for Letter of Recommendation requirements.
5. Do not submit more than what is required. Applicants will not increase their chances of the summer fellowship award by submitting more than what is required. For instance, submitting five letters of recommendation, CPR certification, immunizations, posters, awards, publications or other miscellaneous documents are not required for Phase 1 and will not be submitted to the CPRTP Summer Review Committee. Please upload only what is required.
6. Write a strong personal statement. The personal statement must be two pages and should include a unique story about your experience. Many applicants choose to write about their personal experiences with cancer (such as losing a loved one or their own personal battle), while other applicant's write about a life-changing course, lecture, Ted talk or some other event which sparked an interest in cancer prevention. These experiences should tie in with your educational and career goals, and must state a clear interest in cancer prevention research.
7. Upload the required documents in the appropriate areas. It is imperative that applicants pay attention to detail. Once the summer application opens, candidates are required to click the link to start their Discover account, complete the Discover application and upload all required documents (see Application Components and Process above). Candidates have the option of uploading multiple versions of a document (except the Discover application), if they notice an error or upload the wrong item. Applicants must double check each application component up until the deadline to ensure the correct item has been uploaded. We have access to all versions of the submitted documents, however, we will only download the most recent document version for review.
8. To submit your application click the gray SUBMIT COMPLETED APPLICATION button. After completing the Discover application, you will be required to complete Steps 1 and 2 (uploading the documents), and submit the application in Step 3. Click the gray SUBMIT COMPLETED APPLICATION button to transmit the application to the program. After submitting the link, "Application Submitted Successfully" will appear on your screen. You will only see this message once. If the SUBMIT COMPLETED APPLICATION button is greyed out, it means your application is incomplete. Please refer to the FAQs.
9. You may upload documents after the application is submitted. After selecting the SUBMIT COMPLETED APPLICATION button, you may continue to modify any of the required documents. Please be aware that if you upload revised documents, there will not be another SUBMITTED COMPLETED APPLICATION button. All applicants are allowed to make as many changes to their documents prior to the application deadline as they wish. It is not necessary to contact the CPRTP to see if we received your application.
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
MD Anderson Summer Experience Poster Session - 2015
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
MD Anderson President, Dr. Ronald DePinho and 2015 CPRTP Summer Medical Student, Sid Venkataraman
2016 MD Anderson Summer Experience Friday Seminar Series