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