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 “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 is 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
- Career development activities
- Training in elevator speech skills and scientific posters
- Discussion groups and more
Helpful Documents for CPRTP Summer Applicants
The following dates for the next summer application cycle are subject to change:
- Application open: Thursday, November 1, 2019
- Phase 1 Application deadline: Thursday, January 16, 2020
- Notification to awardees: Tuesday, February 18, 2020
- Phase 2 documents deadline: Monday, March 16, 2020
- Phase 3 documents deadline: Friday, April 17, 2020
- Summer Program start date: Tuesday, June 2, 2020
- Summer Program end date: Friday, August 7, 2020
- 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,
- Doctoral student,
- Medical and Pharm.D. students (see below before applying)
- Must be enrolled in a degree program at a degree-granting United States institution, during both the spring and fall semester of the program year.
- 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, testing, internships, or course work.
The following are NOT eligible:
- High-school students
- Students in a GAP year or taking a break from school
- Students with a degree, but not enrolled in a degree-granting program
- Students attending universities or colleges outside of the United States
- Visa holders
- M.D., Ph.D. or other doctoral degree holders
Medical and Pharm.D. Applicants:
Applicants beyond their first year of medical or pharmacy school by the spring semester of the program year, are required to provide a letter from the home institution/program: 1) on institutional letterhead, 2) stating that the applicant will not be enrolled during the summer program dates (start and end dates must be listed), and 3) stating that the applicant will not be receiving credit for participating in the MD Anderson Summer Experience. This letter must uploaded into the Discover account with the transcript.
Students transitioning to graduate, medical or an advanced degree program must provide: 1) proof of application OR 2) proof of acceptance into a medical, graduate, or degree-granting program in the form of an acceptance letter.
This fellowship pays up to $15 per hour (up to $600/week) less federal tax deductions and is funded by the National Cancer Institute R25E grant award (R25-CA056452, Dr. Shine Chang, Principal Investigator). Housing assistance may be available. Applicants must indicate housing plans in the demographics section of the Discover application. Paychecks are issued the 5th and the 20th of each month. Students will not receive health benefits, paid vacation or holiday pay.
Phase 1 of the application is comprised of two (2) steps:
Step 1: Click the link located at the top of this page (see the red box) to start the application in Discover.
Step 2: After completing Step 1, upload the these additional documents:
- Curriculum vitae (CV) or Resume
- Personal statement: Must be 2 pages and include a minimum of 6 mentor choices on a separate page. References are not included in the 2-page limit. See personal statement and mentor choices template.
- Two (2) letters of recommendation
- Tobacco policy acknowledgement
- Unofficial transcript of highest degree OR unofficial transcript of current college program. Do not upload high school transcripts.
Successful applicants of Phase 1 are considered awardees and accepted into the summer program. After acceptance, awardees must complete the Phase 2 - Recommendation, which includes immunizations and Phase 3 - Pre-Appointment, which includes the ID badge photo, identity verification, and online modules. For more information, read the FAQs of Summer Applicants.
CPRTP Summer Trainees in Action
2016 CPRTP Summer Exposition: Former CPRTP Postdoc Fellow & Assistant Professor of Gastroenterology, Dr. Mala Pande & Sheila Mallenhalli, CPRTP Summer Student
2017 MD Anderson Summer Experience Poster Session: Clarisa Salinas (College Student, University 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.)
MD Anderson Summer Experience Seminar Series
Summer Program Contact
Prior to contacting the CPRTP, please read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS) of CPRTP Summer Program Applicants for detailed eligibility, application and program information.
Kava L. Lewis, B.A.
Cancer Prevention Research Training Program