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Summer Cancer Research Internship for High School and Undergraduate Students


2015 research experience opportunities
for current high school juniors/seniors and undergraduate sophomores/juniors

June 8, 2015 through August 7, 2015*

*Program dates are modified for students who have conflicting academic schedules

The UH Cancer Center Summer Internship is an intensive program designed to provide research experience and mentorship for high school and undergraduate students who are interested in cancer research. Under the guidance of a faculty mentor, each student will complete an independent research project and give a presentation of their findings. The program runs from Monday, June 8 through Friday, August 7, 2015, with modified dates to accommodate students who have conflicting academic schedules.

Areas of Research

Each participating student will be paired with a faculty mentor to work on a research project in one of two areas:

  1. Population-based research in epidemiology, nutrition, biostatistics, bioinformatics, behavior change, quality of life in cancer survivors, and community-based interventions to promote cancer preventive lifestyles in our multiethnic population.
    Setting: office and/or community (e.g., schools, parks, community centers).
  2. Laboratory-based research in molecular carcinogenesis and prevention methods and new therapeutic approaches to cancer treatment.
    Setting: laboratory.

Program Components

In addition to working on a mentored research project, students will participate in activities that include:

  • An orientation session
  • Training in the responsible conduct of research, laboratory safety, and/or human research protections
  • Journal clubs and research seminars
  • Student presentations

Eligibility Requirements

Application to the internship 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
  • Academically outstanding (at least a 3.5 GPA)
  • Hawaii state residents
  • United States citizens or who hold a permanent resident visa
  • Able to commit to a full-time summer research experience

Priority will be given to eligible applicants who:

  • 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 or training in the areas of biological, chemical, public health, nutritional, behavioral, computational, mathematical, or statistical sciences
  • Belong to ethnic groups that are under-represented in biomedical science
  • Are from a disadvantaged background

In addition, the internship program makes an effort to select a group of students who attend diverse public and private schools.

Participants receive a stipend for their full-time participation in the internship program. Undergraduates receive $3,000 for 7.5 weeks of full-time effort or 300 cumulative hours, and high school students receive $1,500 for 5 weeks of full-time efforts or 200 cumulative hours. Students are not compensated for additional work hours or holidays. The program does not provide housing, transportation, or travel expenses.

How to Apply

  1. Please review the following information prior to preparing your application:
  2. Download and submit the 2015 Application Form by the application deadline of March 15, 2015. Email the application with the subject line "INTERNSHIP APPLICATION" to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Paper applications by mail or those using the 2013 form will not be accepted.

Contact Us

If you have any additional questions about the summer internship program that are not addressed in the Frequently Asked Questions, please send an email to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The summer internship program is supported in part by Cancer Center Support Grant (CCSG) CURE Supplement 3 P30 CA01789-14S1 and an endowment from the Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Company.

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