CREATE Program

For Undergraduate Sophomores and Juniors

This annual program takes place from June through July. It provides hands-on summer research experiences and a multi-disciplinary curriculum to undergraduate students residing in the Islands of Hawaiʻi and the Pacific to reinforce their intent to graduate with a science degree and to consider a career to address health disparities and contribute to drug discovery.

CREATE Program

For Undergraduate Sophomores and Juniors

This annual program takes place from June through July. It provides hands-on summer research experiences and a multi-disciplinary curriculum to undergraduate students residing in the Islands of Hawaiʻi and the Pacific to reinforce their intent to graduate with a science degree and to consider a career to address health disparities and contribute to drug discovery.

Areas of Research

Each student will be paired with a faculty mentor to work in one of our two UH Cancer Center research programs:

  1. Population Sciences in the Pacific: epidemiology, nutrition, biostatistics, bioinformatics, behavior change, quality of life in cancer survivors, community-based interventions to promote cancer preventive lifestyles in Hawaiʻi's multiethnic population
  2. Cancer Biology: molecular carcinogenesis, metastasis, drug discovery, cancer immunology, molecular mechanisms underlying cancer disparities, and new therapeutic approaches to cancer treatment and diagnosis

Browse examples of UH Cancer Center Interns Research Projects

Program Components

In addition to mentored research project, students will participate in the following activities:

  1. An orientation session and tour of the UH Cancer Center
  2. Training in the responsible conduct of research, laboratory safety, and/or human research protection
  3. Writing seminars and participation in manuscript preparation
  4. Journal clubs and research seminars
  5. Student poster presentations
  6. For UH students, continuation of research activities during fall and spring semester is a possibility.

Eligibility Requirements

Application to the internship is open to students who are:

  1. Currently enrolled, at the time of application, as a sophomore or junior in an accredited college or university
  2. Students enrolled at UH Hilo and the University of Guam may apply for travel funds
  3. Academically outstanding (at least a 3.5 GPA)
  4. Stated interest in cancer research
  5. United States citizens or holder of permanent resident visa
  6. Able to commit to a full-time summer research experience (8 weeks at 40 hours per week)

Priority will be given to eligible applicants who:

  1. Express a cancer-related research interest that matches an available mentor’s focus in population or laboratory-based research
  2. Relevant research experience and skills
  3. Successful completion of college-level courses or training in the areas of biological, chemical, molecular, genetic, public health, nutritional, behavioral, clinical, computational, mathematical, or statistical sciences
  4. Ethnic background that is considered under-represented in biomedical sciences
  5. First generation college or low socioeconomic status of the family
  6. UH students who are interested to continue the traineeship during the school year

Compensation

Participants receive hourly pay according to University of Hawaiʻi schedules for their full-time participation in the internship program.

  1. For students from the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo and the University of Guam, housing, transportation, or travel expenses may be available.

How to Apply

The Application for Summer 2021 internships will be available soon.  Please check back often.

Contact Us

Contact Us

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The summer internship program is supported in part by a grant from the National Cancer Institute (R25 CA244073), an endowment from the Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Company, and donations from the Friends of the UH Cancer Center.