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2015 Summer Cancer Research Internships for High School and Undergraduate Students


How to Apply

Please check this site in February for information regarding application to the 2015 internship program.

At that time, required application components will include:

  • Completion of an application form
  • Copy of transcript or report card from most current school and year
  • Current rĂ©sumĂ©


Application to the internship program is open to students who:

  • Are currently enrolled, at the time of application, as a high school junior or senior OR as a sophomore or junior in an accredited college or university located in the continental United States
  • Are academically outstanding (at least a 3.5 GPA)
  • Show a strong interest and ability in science
  • Have an interest in pursuing a biomedical or health-related research career
  • Are a Hawaii state resident or attend school in Hawaii
  • Have United States citizenship or hold a permanent resident visa
  • Are able to commit to a full-time summer experience

Priority will be given to eligible applicants who:

  • Belong to a racial/ethnic group that is underrepresented in the sciences. Underrepresented minorities in the sciences include Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, Filipinos, Blacks, Hispanics, and Native Americans/Alaska Natives.
  • Are a first generation college student
  • Are economically disadvantaged
  • Express a cancer-related research interest that matches an available mentor's focus in either population- or laboratory-based research
  • Have relevant research experience and skills
  • Have successfully completed college-level courses in the areas of biological, chemical, public health, nutritional, behavioral, computational, mathematical, or statistical sciences

Participants will receive a stipend for their full-time participation in the internship program. Undergraduates receive $3,000 for 300 cumulative hours, and high school students receive $1,500 for 200 cumulative hours. Students are not compensated for additional work hours or holidays. The program does not provide housing, transportation, or travel expenses.

Expectation of Students in the CURE Program

Research Experience

Students will obtain a hands-on experience in a cancer research environment. The primary goal of this program is three-fold: to nurture highly motivated students for potential careers in biomedical cancer research; to increase and enhance students' skills in research practices, analytical thinking, presentations, and ethics; and to expose students to real time research through hands-on involvement.

Students will attend and actively participate in the program orientation and scientific and professional/career development seminars with researchers and physicians.


In conjunction with their mentor, each student will be expected to prepare and provide a 10-minute PowerPoint oral presentation of their research project.

Work Schedule

The 2015 internship program will be held during June-August 2015. The actually dates are flexible according to each student's academic schedule.


Participation in the program requires a commitment to a full-time summer experience. In addition, all students should be present and on time for every scheduled workday.

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The summer internship program is supported by Cancer Center Support Grant (CCSG) CURE Supplement 3 P30 CA01789-14S1, an endowment from the Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Company, the UH Manoa SEED program's Diversity and Equity Initiative (DEI), and the Friends of the UH Cancer Center.

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