High School & Undergraduate
Summer Cancer Research Internship for High School and Undergraduate Students
2014 research experience opportunities
for current high school juniors/seniors and undergraduate sophomores/juniors
June 9, 2014 through August 8, 2014*
*Program dates are modified for students who have conflicting academic schedules
The UH Cancer Center Summer Internship is an intensive, nine-week 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, write a research abstract, and give a presentation of their findings. The program runs from Monday, June 9 through Friday, August 8, 2014, 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. Setting: laboratory.
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 human research protections
- Journal clubs and research seminars
- Writing a research abstract
- Student 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 located in the continental United States
- Academically outstanding (at least a 3.5 GPA)
- A Hawaii state resident
- A United States citizen 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 mentorâ€™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
- Belong to 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 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.
How to Apply
- Please review the following information prior to preparing your application:
â—‹ Frequently Asked Questions
â—‹ Example Research Projects
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:
The summer internship program is supported in part by NCI Cancer Center Support Grant (CCSG) CURE Supplement 3 P30 CA01789-14S1, an endowment from the Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Company, and University of Hawaii Diversity and Equity Initiative (DEI) grants.