Undergraduate Student Opportunity
Summer Cancer Research Internship for High School and Undergraduate Students
2016 Research Experience
For High School Juniors/Seniors and Undergraduate Sophomores/Juniors
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 poster presentation of the findings. The program runs from June 1 through August 12, 2016 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:
- 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).
- Laboratory-based research in molecular carcinogenesis and prevention methods and new therapeutic approaches to cancer treatment.
In addition to mentored research project, students will participate in the following activities:
- An orientation session and tour of the UH Cancer Center
- Training in the responsible conduct of research, laboratory safety, and/or human research protections
- Journal clubs and research seminars
- Student poster presentations
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
- State of Hawaii residents
- Academically outstanding (at least a 3.5 GPA)
- United States citizens or holder of 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 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, molecular, genetic, public health, nutritional, behavioral, clinical, computational, mathematical, or statistical sciences
- Belong to ethnic groups that are under-represented in biomedical sciences
- Are from a disadvantaged background
- The internship program makes an effort to select students who attend diverse public and private high schools and undergraduate students.
Participants receive hourly pay according to University of Hawaii schedules for their full-time participation in the internship program.
- Undergraduates receive up to $3,000 for 8 weeks of full-time effort or 300 hours.
- High school students receive up to $1,500 for 4 weeks of full-time effort or 160 hours.
- Students are not compensated for additional work hours or holidays.
- The program does not provide housing, transportation, or travel expenses.
How to Apply
- Please review the following information prior to preparing your application:
The summer internship program is supported in part by Cancer Center Support Grant (CCSG) CURE Supplement 3 P30 CA01789 and an endowment from the Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Company.