The Cancer Prevention Research Training Program (CPRTP) Summer 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.
CPRTP summer students are expected to attend the mandatory educational activities 3 to 4 days each week. Some activities are open to other MD Anderson programs, while other activities are open to CPRTP trainees only.
We encourage trainees to attend other career development activities and honor their commitments. If there is a schedule conflict between a CPRTP mandatory activity and a lab home department activity/event, use your best judgment. The CPRTP will not penalize summer trainees for choosing one event over another. Simply send an email Kava Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org explaining your absence prior to the start of the CPRTP required event.
Educational and Career Activities include and are not limited to:
- MD Anderson Academic and Visa Administration (AVA) Check-In
- CPRTP Orientation (Parts 1 & 2)
- CPRTP Welcome Lunch
- MD Anderson Summer Experience (SE) Welcome Lunch (all programs)
- MD Anderson SE Weekly Lecture Series
- Cancer Prevention and Control Grand Rounds (CPCGR)
- CPCGR Trainee and Speaker Meetings
- Tuesday Career Conversations
- Thursday Group Sessions
- Social Activities with CPRTP Staff
- Informational Interviews
- Halfway Reports
- Final Reports
- Elevator Speech Workshops
- Scientific Poster Workshops
- Department & Institutional Tours
- CPRTP Farewell Lunch
Trainees are expected to attend all mandatory activities and complete assignments/projects by the due date provided on the summer activities calendar (download this sample CPRTP summer activities calendar). The CPRTP Summer Activities Calendar will be distributed during CPRTP orientation. The calendar will include the event name, time, location or assignment due date. In addition, students will receive calendar event invitations via Microsoft Outlook from the Summer Program Manager.
A typical day during the summer program will be the student arriving in the department of their primary mentor (or assigned work area) usually around 8:00 a.m., checking in with their supervisor (which could be the primary mentor, postdoctoral fellow, research assistant or other designated staff person) for the day's task, reviewing a manuscript or journal article, going to the lab or working on their project, attending a required mandatory CPRTP activity, and working on any required CPRTP assignment until the end of the day 5:00 p.m. Keep in mind, no day is "typical" and interpersonal communication and organizational skills are key. It will be the student's responsibility to manage their daily tasks, events and meetings using the Microsoft Outlook calendar, as the items on the activities calendar provided at orientation will be subject to change. When CPRTP events change, students will receive an updated Microsoft Outlook calendar invitation.
Students are encouraged to initiate conversations with their primary mentor, ask questions, and be flexible enough to work within a group or independently. Please do not hesitate to contact the CPRTP with questions, challenges with mentors or if guidance is needed in other areas. All information will be kept in the strictest confidence and we want you to have a rewarding summer experience.
The 10-week summer research experience will conclude with two events held during the last week of the program:
CPRTP Summer Trainee Exposition
This event is usually held on a Tuesday or Wednesday during the last week of the program. This 2-hour expositionis hosted by the Cancer Prevention Research Training Program and the attendees include faculty and staff of the Division of Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences (DCPPS); summer mentors, research team and home department staff; as well as family and friends of summer trainees. During this event, CPRTP summer trainees will present a 90-second elevator speech and formally present a scientific poster. The order of events include: 1) Elevator Speeches (in alphabetical order by trainee last name, 2) Poster Session & Reception. Food will be provided during the reception.
MD Anderson Summer Research Experience Final Event: Poster Session & Elevator Speech Competition
Visit the MD Anderson Summer Experience Final Event page for details about this year's poster session and elevator speech competition.
MD Anderson dress code is business casual.Clothing does not need to be formal. Most thermostats within the buildings are set at 75 degrees, but will seem much cooler. Sweaters, pashminas or jackets can be kept at your desk in case you are cold while indoors. Consult your mentor regarding any additional dress code requirements set by the department, including casual Fridays (some departments allow jeans on Fridays, while others do not). If there is a Grand Rounds event scheduled for a Friday, we do not recommend wearing jeans. Typical Houston summers are very hot, humid and rainy, so please plan accordingly.
- Knee-length skirts
- Casual dresses
- Polo or button-down shirts/blouses
- Blazers/sweaters, pashminas, jackets
- Shorts, torn or frayed jeans
- T-shirts with slogans or advertising (MD Anderson shirts are allowed)
- Flip-flops, hats
- Revealing or bare midriff tops
Professional attire (clothing you would wear to a job interview) is recommended for the trainee exposition and final event.
Options for Men: Suits; long sleeve dress shirt, slacks & tie, bow ties, vests, dress shoes.
Options for Women: Suits (pants or knee length skirts); dresses (knee length, long or A-line); skirts and blouses (long or short sleeve).