Summer Cancer Research Experience Program for High School Students

Application Deadline

Tuesday, January 10, 2016

Program Dates

Monday, June 26- Friday August 11, 2016.


Program Description

Are you 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
  • Biostatistics
  • Tumor immunology
  • Cancer prevention/epidemiology
  • Cancer cellular/molecular biology
  • Cancer genetics
  • Molecular pharmacology and cancer therapeutics

Some of last year’s 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”

Program Eligibility

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

  • Enrolled in junior year of high school
  • U.S. citizen or a U.S. permanent resident
  • 15 years of age or older


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.Stipends are awarded based on the qualifications of applicants for funding source eligibility. Unpaid internships are available for those that are accepted to the program but don’t meet the criteria for a stipend.

Program Cost

The program application fee is (changing for 2017 program.) Those students accepted into the program pay an activity fee (changing for 2017 program). Out-of-town students staying at the Canisius dorms pay the room rate for the duration of the program (in 2017 this was $30/night). Travel expenses to and from Buffalo and meal costs are not covered by the program.

Accommodations for Out-of-town Students

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

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: 716-845-2339.

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

Generous support provided by: