Roswell Park/Howard University Program Information


RPCI/Howard University Cancer Scholars Program

The Roswell Park/Howard University Cancer Scholars Program enables Howard Honors Biology Sophomores to deeply explore an interest in cancer research under the mentorship of active researchers at Roswell Park Cancer Institute (an NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center). This program meets the requirements of the honors program's Directed Readings courses and Honors Thesis.

Cancer Scholars build a knowledge base in their mentor's area of cancer research by engaging in an online-supported Directed Readings Course in which pertinent scientific papers are analyzed and discussed in real-time via interactive webconferencing sessions with their Cancer Scholar mentor. Following their junior year, Cancer Scholars will conduct a cancer research project at Roswell Park Cancer Institute as part of the 10-week Summer Research Experience Program in Cancer Science in their Cancer Scholar Mentor's laboratory. This project can form the basis for their Honors thesis (view program timeline).

Program eligibility: Howard University Sophomore Honors students who are U.S. Citizens or U.S. permanent residents are eligible to apply.

Program funding: Cancer Scholars who satisfactorily complete the Directed Readings portion of the program will receive a $4,000 subsistence allowance during the 10-week summer internship program to cover dormitory lodging, food and other living expenses. Scholars are responsible for covering the expense of their own travel expenses to and from Buffalo, NY.

Funding support is provided by the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health under award number: R25CA181003.

RPCI/Howard University Prostate Cancer Scholars Program

The Roswell Park/Howard University Prostate Cancer Scholars Program enables Howard Honors Biology Sophomores and Honors/non-Honors Juniors* to deeply explore a specific interest in prostate cancer research under the mentorship of active researchers at Roswell Park Cancer Institute (an NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center). This program meets the requirements of the honors program's Directed Readings courses and Honors Thesis.

Prostate Cancer Scholars build a knowledge base in their mentor's area of prostate cancer research by engaging in an online-supported Directed Readings Course in which pertinent scientific papers are analyzed and discussed in real time via interactive webconferencing sessions with their Cancer Scholar mentor. Following their junior year, Prostate Cancer Scholars will conduct a cancer research project at Roswell Park Cancer Institute as part of the 10-week Summer Research Experience Program in Cancer Science in their mentor's laboratory. This project can form the basis for their Honors thesis (Sophomore Biology Honors students.)

Both Honors Sophomores and Honors/non-Honors Juniors* will present their research at a national scientific conference in their senior year and receive extended mentoring and guidance in applying to and interviewing for graduate training (view program timeline for Honors Sophomores; view program timeline for Honors/non-Honors Juniors*).

Program eligibility: Howard University Sophomore Honors and Junior Honors/non-Honors* students who are U.S. Citizens or U.S. permanent residents are eligible to apply.

Program funding: Prostate Cancer Scholars who satisfactorily complete the Directed Readings portion of the program will receive a $6,000 stipend during the 10-week summer internship program to cover dormitory lodging, food and other living expenses. Scholars are responsible for covering the expense of their own travel expenses to and from Buffalo, NY.

*Honors/Non-Honors Juniors are eligible to apply in Fall 2016 for the 2017 program only.

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View more detailed information on the program offerings above and a listing of available cancer and prostate scholar mentors.

Note: Current Juniors interested in the “Summer Research Experience Program in Cancer Science” may view more information and learn more about the program.