Summer Research Experience Program in Cancer Science

Application Deadline

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Program Dates

Monday, June 5 – Friday, August 11, 2017 (10 weeks)

Program Description

Are you a college junior contemplating a research career choice that includes graduate school?Then consider an internship that gives you a first-hand cancer research experience by working full-time on an independent project.

Your research experience will take place in the collaborative environment of a research laboratory headed by a world-renowned cancer researcher. You will receive mentorship and insight into your desired future career by working alongside a research staff of graduate students, post-doctoral scholars and laboratory technicians. This core research experience will be forified by a curriculum of educational and career development activities. Through these activities you will engage in informal scientific exchange with faculty and students at an Roswell Park-wide science retreat; learn about current and cutting-edge topics in cancer at weekly seminars; share in your discoveries with intern peers through peer-mentorship cross-training; and explore the possibility of alternative science careers during field trips to life science companies.

You will conclude your research experience by presenting your project in the formal settings of both the program research conference and "Biomedical Research Day." Here you will hone your scientific communication skills and compete for awards. Throughout the program you will have the opportunity to bond with peers who have the same interest in science by attending planned social activities.

Areas of Research

Students with an interest in biology, chemistry, physics or math can choose to rank their selection of available projects in the following research areas:

  • Cancer biophysics
  • Biostatistics
  • Tumor immunology
  • Cancer prevention/epidemiology
  • Cancer cellular/molecular biology
  • Cancer genetics
  • Molecular pharmacology
  • Cancer therapeutics

Past summer's projects covered the following topics:

  • “Mechanisms of Taxol Resistance in Prostate Cancer Cell Lines”
  • “Effect of Radioprotectant Drug CBLB502 on Proliferative Cells of the Irradiated Mouse Brain”
  • “Development of Interactive Prostate Cancer Education Program for African American Lay Health Advisors”

Program Eligibility

Applicants must meet all the following criteria at the time of application:

  • Enrolled in their junior year of college
  • A U.S. citizen or a U.S. permanent resident
  • 15 years of age or older at the time of application

Program Stipends

Limited funding is available to support stipends for select applicants to the summer program. Stipends are awarded based on the qualifications of applicants and criteria required by our outside funding sources. Applicants who are not offered a paid internship due to eligibility criteria and limited availability of program funds may be offered an unpaid internship.

Program Cost

The program application fee is (changing for 2017 program.) Those students accepted into the program pay an activity fee (changin for 2017 program) Out-of-town students staying at the Canisius dorms pay the room rate for the duration of the program (in 2016 this was $30/night) and cover their own food and round-trip travel expenses to Buffalo, NY.

Accommodations for Out-of-town Students

Out-of-town students will have the option to either stay with family or live in Dugan Hall dormitory at Canisius College. Learn more about the living accommodations provided at Dugan Hall.

FAQ and Program Contact

Read frequently asked questions about the program. If you have more specific questions contact the Department of Educational Affairs by email at or by phone at 716-845-2339.

Online Application and Instructions

Apply online for the Summer Research Experience Program in Cancer Science at Roswell Park.

Funding support is provided by the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health under award numbers: R25CA181003 and P30CA016056