Are you a school professional? Set up a Classroom to CURE experience for your students!

Classroom to CURE programs are public-facing, K-12-focused encounters that allow students and educators a chance for hands-on learning in cancer research. Participants visit labs and learn from a range of cancer experts and other health professionals at Roswell Park. These sessions can range from one to four hours long, and give educational professionals the opportunity to help design an agenda for their students to gain the most from their time on our campus.

This program offers access to cancer research labs in Buffalo’s only NIH-designated comprehensive cancer center.
  • Classroom to CURE experiences can be tailored to the needs of attendees and targeted to various age groups.
  • All program activities are meant to light a spark of interest in cancer research, prevention, treatment and cure, for even the youngest of participants.
  • We aim for the Classroom to CURE experience to be the first of many learning experiences young people will have with Roswell Park.

Learn about our other programs Our Stories Program

Get your class involved!

Classroom to CURE is open to all educators, school professionals, and their students. If you are an education professional and would like to set up a program designed for your school or district, please contact Julie Carter to arrange a day for your school, after-school program, or learning group.

Julie Carter, PhD, EdM
Assistant Dean of Academics and Partnerships

Our Stories Summer Program

Our Stories Exhibition flyer 2023 - Classroom to CURE and BPS collaboration
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On Friday, August 11, Buffalo Public School students participating in the Our Stories program presented their final projects, culminating the five weeks of STEM experience and reporting on their summer reading assignment, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. 

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The Our Stories Program has been created through a collaboration between Buffalo Public Schools Office of Culturally and Linguistically Inclusive Initiatives and Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. 

The five-week curriculum, unique to Roswell Park, is an interdisciplinary social justice exploration of the story of Henrietta Lacks. Mrs. Lacks was a Black farmer who died of cervical cancer in 1951, and was denied the right of consent that is customary today. Further, her family was never compensated for the role her cells played in advancing biomedical science, leading to cures for many deadly diseases.

In addition to learning about Henrietta Lacks’ story, students explore the social history of medical inequality, gain hands-on experience in laboratory research, visit with cancer experts, and examine the science behind what we do at Roswell Park.

This program will take place again in Summer 2024. Please email Dr. Julie Carter at for more details.

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