Summer Cancer Research Experience Program

Attention Juniors: Roswell Park Cancer Research program has a Summer Cancer Research Experience Program for High School Students

Are considering a science major in college and thinking about a career in scientific research?

To help make these informed decisions, consider a summer internship in which you will gain a first-hand research experience by working full-time on an independent cancer-related research project.

Your research experience will be set within the collaborative and mentored environment of a world-renowned cancer researcher’s laboratory where you will work alongside a research staff of graduate students, post-doctoral scholars and technicians. Your core research experience will be supported by educational seminars and career development activities. These include a weekly course, invited speaker seminars and field trips to life sciences companies.

You will develop skill sets important to a scientific career, learn about cutting-edge cancer science topics and explore non-traditional science careers. You will conclude your research experience by giving a poster presentation at a research conference where you will hone your scientific communication skills. Throughout the program you will have opportunities to bond with peers who have the same interest in science by attending planned social activities.

Areas of Research

As part of the application process, students with an interest in biology, chemistry, physics or math are able to rank their choice of available projects in the following research areas:

  • Cancer biophysics
  • Health behavior/cancer health disparities
  • Biostatistics
  • Tumor immunology
  • Cancer prevention/epidemiology
  • Cancer cellular/molecular biology
  • Cancer genetics
  • Molecular pharmacology and cancer therapeutics

Some previous intern projects included:

  • “Addressing Lower-Waged Workers’ Cancer Health Disparities through the Promotion of Worksite Farmers’ Markets”
  • “Evaluation of Growth Characteristics and Drug Sensitivity in Solid Tumors”
  • “Epithelial Ovarian Cancer is Associated with Local and Systemic Release of Extracellular mtDNA”

Program Eligibility

Applicants must meet all of the following criteria at the time of application:

  • Enrolled in junior year of high school at the time of application (graduating class of 2019)
  • Resident of Western New York (commuter-only)
  • U.S. citizen or a U.S. permanent resident
  • 15 years of age or older at the start of the program on June 25, 2018

Application Deadline

January 10th, 2018

Link to application:

Program Dates

Monday, June 25 – Friday August 10, 2018.