Summer Research Experience Program in Cancer Science

Application Deadline

January 10, 2019

Program Dates

Monday, June 3 – Friday, August 9, 2019 (10 weeks)

Program Description

Are you a college junior contemplating a research career choice that includes graduate school? Then consider an internship that gives you a first-hand cancer research experience by working full-time on an independent project.

Your research experience will take place in the collaborative environment of a research laboratory. You will receive mentorship and insight into your desired future career by working alongside a research staff of graduate students, post-doctoral scholars and laboratory technicians. This core research experience will be fortified by a curriculum of educational and career development activities. Through these activities you will engage in informal scientific exchange with faculty and students at an Roswell Park-wide science retreat; learn about current and cutting-edge topics in cancer at weekly seminars; share in your discoveries with intern peers through peer-mentorship cross-training; and explore the possibility of alternative science careers during field trips to life science companies.

You will conclude your research experience by presenting your project in the formal settings of both the program research conference and "Buffalo Research Day." Here you will hone your scientific communication skills and compete for awarded "Best Talks." Throughout the program you will have the opportunity to bond with peers who have the same interest in science by attending planned social activities.

Specifically interested in tobacco research which leads to policy-making? There is a special opportunity for students interested in tobacco regulatory science to participate in a research meeting/collaboration with WNY Center for Research on Flavored Tobacco Products (CRoFT) investigators at the University of Rochester Medical Center as part of the ten week research program. To take advantage advantage of this opportunity, applicants should consider ranking mentors on their application who are asterisked in the Mentor Directory at the application page.

Areas of Research

Students with an interest in biology, chemistry, physics or math can choose to rank their selection of available projects in the following research areas:

  • Cancer biophysics
  • Biostatistics
  • Tumor immunology
  • Cancer prevention/epidemiology
  • Cancer cellular/molecular biology
  • Cancer genetics
  • Molecular pharmacology
  • Cancer therapeutics

Previous projects covered the following topics:

  • “Mechanisms of Taxol Resistance in Prostate Cancer Cell Lines”
  • “Effect of Radioprotectant Drug CBLB502 on Proliferative Cells of the Irradiated Mouse Brain”
  • “Development of Interactive Prostate Cancer Education Program for African American Lay Health Advisors”

Program Eligibility

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

  • Enrolled in their junior year of college at the time of application (graduating class of 2020)
  • A U.S. citizen or a U.S. permanent resident

Program Financial Support

Limited funding is available to support subsistence allowances for applicants accepted into the summer program. Funding support is awarded based on the qualifications of applicants and criteria required by our outside funding sources. Applicants who are not offered a paid internship due to eligibility criteria and limited availability of program funds may be offered an unpaid internship.

The NCI R25 and U54 funding sources provide a limited number of subsistence allowances in the amount of $4000 for the ten week program. These allowances are disbursed to interns in five bi-weekly (every two weeks) check installments during the program. Eligibility criteria for this funding source is listed above. This allowance is used by interns to pay for food, incidentals and, in the case of out-of-town interns, dormitory/housing costs (see below for cost breakdown.)

All out-of-town interns are responsible for their travel expenses to-and-from Buffalo, NY.

Program Cost


  • Application fee: $35 (non-refundable)*

*Students may have the application fee waived if they are eligible to for the following financial aid programs according to their SAR report: Academic Competitiveness Grant; Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant; Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students

All accepted interns

  • Program fee: $65 (non-refundable)

Out-of-town interns:

  • Canisius College Dormitory expense ($35 /night room rate in 2018): $2450 for ten week program
  • 1 Bedroom Rentals in Buffalo are ~$1900 and studio apartments are ~$1500 for the ten week program, details on housing can be obtained by emailing
  • METRO subway/bus Cram pass: $60 (rate in 2018)

Interns must cover the cost of their own food and round-trip travel expenses to Buffalo, NY.

Accommodations for Out-of-town Students

Out-of-town students have the option to find their own lodging or live in Dugan Hall dormitory at Canisius College. Learn more about the living accommodations provided at Dugan Hall.

FAQ and Program Contact

Read frequently asked questions about the program. If you have more specific questions contact the Department of Educational Affairs by email at or by phone at 716-845-2339.

Online Application and Instructions

Apply online for the Summer Research Experience Program in Cancer Science (we are currently working on this link's functionality, if it times out please use link to application on left sidebar) at Roswell Park.

Funding support is provided by the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health under award numbers: R25CA181003 and U54 CA228110