Summer Cancer Research Experience Program for High School Students

Application Deadline

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Program Dates

Monday, June 26- Friday August 11, 2017.

 

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 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”

Program Eligibility

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 2018
  • 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

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. Stipends are awarded based on the qualifications of applicants for funding source eligibility. Out-of-town students meeting qualifications of CURE-funding receive funding to support stipend and dormitory expenses. All interns must pay the activity fee regardless of funding status. Travel expenses to and from Buffalo and meal costs are not covered by the program. 

Unpaid internships are available for those students accepted into the program but don't meet criteria for a stipend.

Program Costs

The following are costs of the program:

Applicants:

  • Application fee: (changing for 2017 program)

*Students are eligible for an application fee waiver if they are enrolled in  National School Lunch Program.

All Interns:

  • Activity fee: (changing for 2017 program)

Out-of-town Interns:

  • Dormitory expense for seven week program (in 2016 the room rate was $30/night): $1470.00
  • METRO Subway/Bus Pass: $60.00 (may be subject to change in 2017)

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 education@roswellpark.org 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: