Summer Cancer Research Experience Program for High School Students
Applications are now closed.
Monday, June 26- Friday August 11, 2017.
Are considering a science major in college and thinking about a career in scientific research?
To help make these informed decisions, consider an internship in which you will gain a first-hand research experience by working full-time on an independent cancer-related research project.
Your research experience will be set within the collaborative and mentored environment of a world-renowned cancer researcher’s laboratory where you will work alongside a research staff of graduate students, post-doctoral scholars and technicians. Your core research experience will be supported by educational seminars and career development activities. These include a weekly course, invited speaker seminars and field trips to life sciences companies.
You will develop skill sets important to a scientific career, learn about cutting-edge cancer science topics and explore non-traditional science careers. You will conclude your research experience by giving a poster presentation at a research conference where you will hone your scientific communication skills. Throughout the program you will have opportunities to bond with peers who have the same interest in science by attending planned social activities.
Areas of Research
As part of the application process, students with an interest in biology, chemistry, physics or math are able to rank their choice of available projects in the following research areas:
- Cancer biophysics
- Health behavior/cancer health disparities
- Tumor immunology
- Cancer prevention/epidemiology
- Cancer cellular/molecular biology
- Cancer genetics
- Molecular pharmacology and cancer therapeutics
Some previous intern projects included:
- “Addressing Lower-Waged Workers’ Cancer Health Disparities through the Promotion of Worksite Farmers’ Markets”
- “Evaluation of Growth Characteristics and Drug Sensitivity in Solid Tumors”
- “Epithelial Ovarian Cancer is Associated with Local and Systemic Release of Extracellular mtDNA”
Applicants must meet all of the following criteria at the time of application:
- Enrolled in junior year of high school at the time of application (graduating class of 2019)
- Resident of Western New York **(New for the 2018 Summer Program)
- U.S. citizen or a U.S. permanent resident
- 15 years of age or older at the start of the program on June 26, 2017
Limited funding is available to support stipends for select applicants to the summer program. Stipends are awarded based on the qualifications of applicants and eligiblity criteria required by our outside funding sources.
The NCI CURE funding source provides a limited number of stipend-supported internships to students who meet program eligibility criteria AND who are from minorities under-represented in the science and medical profession as defined by the NIH. The stipend amount is $2520 for the seven-week program and is disbursed to students in bi-weekly installments during the program.
All interns must pay the program fee regardless of funding status. Travel expenses to and from Buffalo and meal costs are not covered by the program.
Unpaid internships may be made available for those students accepted into the program but who don't meet criteria for a stipend.
The following are costs of the program:
- Application fee: $35 (non-refundable)
*Students are eligible for an application fee waiver if they are enrolled in National School Lunch Program.
All Acceped Interns:
- Program fee: $65 (non-refundable)
Interns must cover the costs of their own meals an travel expenses to and from Buffalo.
FAQ and Program Contact
Online Application and Instructions
Apply online for the Summer Cancer Research Experience Program for High School Students at Roswell Park.
Funding support is provided by the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health under award numbers: P30CA016056