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
Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, 11:59 p.m. CT
Students Notified of Acceptance
Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018
Additional Application Documents Due
Wednesday, Feb. 21 - Monday, March 19, 2018
Appointment Start Date
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Appointment End Date
Friday, Aug.10, 2018
- 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 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.
- Summer program awardees are strictly prohibited from partial, early or late program participation.
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)
Application Process & Tips for Acceptance
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. Awardees are required to have access to a email, scanner and fax machine, to upload important time-sensitive documents between February and late May.
Increase your chances of acceptance, by following these recommended tips for a successful summer application.
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 provide details about the application and selection process.
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
Cancer Prevention Research Training Program
Carrie Cameron, Ph.D.
Cancer Prevention Research Training Program