Summer Research Program Frequently Asked Questions for High School Students


Applying to the Research Program

Who should apply?
Students who are in their junior year of high school at the time of application and are interested in a career in scientific research should apply.

Are stipends or other funding available for high school students?
Both paid and non-paid internships are offered. Paid internships are awarded to applicants who qualify based on funding source eligibility criteria.

How much is the stipend and what does it cover?
Stipend amounts vary with funding source between $2,240 and $2,520 for the seven-week program. Stipend levels are adjusted commensurate with available funding sources. Stipends may be used to cover costs incurred by interns and include food, dormitory lodging (for out-of-town students) and other incidental costs.

I’m not a junior. Can I still apply?
We do not accept applications from students who are not juniors in high school. We will gladly accept your application when you enter your junior year. If have already completed your junior year, consider applying when you are a junior in college.

Does the required transcript have to be official?
Yes. We require students to provide us with an official transcript from the school they attend. Applicants should refer to their respective program’s application page for instructions on having a transcript sent by their guidance counselor or school registrar.

What is the application deadline?
All applicants must complete their online application by Tuesday, January 10, 2017.

The Program

What are the program dates?
The 2017 program for high school students starts on Monday, June 26 and ends on Friday, August 11.

What will I learn?
Interns will receive a formal orientation and on-boarding session. For the majority of the program, interns will learn real world application of the scientific method while working on their assigned research project in their mentor’s laboratory. The research experience will be supported by a curriculum of learning activities. These activities include seminars on pertinent cancer topics and professional development activities such as attendance at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute science retreat and visits to local life sciences companies.

Where will I be working?
You will be working in a Roswell Park research department alongside professional researchers, graduate students and laboratory technicians.

Will I get to meet other students in the program?
Yes. There are plenty of opportunities to meet and socialize with other students. These opportunities begin on the first day during orientation and continue through graduation.

Can I start later or leave earlier than the official starting or ending date of the program?
You must be able to commit full time to our program. All students are required to attend each day of the program and are required to train for the full day. You will not be allowed to take time off during the work week for family vacations, college visits or other appointments.

How many hours per day/week will I be required to participate in the research experience?
Students are required to participate in the research experience Monday through Friday for seven weeks. Schedules are eight hours per day for a total of 40 hours per week.

Can I take time off from the program if I already have a family vacation planned?
No. The program is a short-term experience and students will not be allowed to take time off for vacation. In an emergency, students who need to take at most one to two days off will be required to make up that time during the program. These arrangements are not guaranteed. Any requests will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

Is there a dress code for students?
Yes. Dress code requirements are meant to ensure safety in the laboratories. For research internships, the dress code is long pants (no shorts, capris, or skirts), closed toe shoes (no sandals), and long hair secured in a ponytail. In addition, there are a few days when all interns will be required to wear business attire for formal presentations. This information will be provided in detail to interns accepted into the program.

Lodging, Meals and Transportation

I don't live in Buffalo. Where can I stay while in the program?
Students who live further than commuting distance from Roswell Park may either stay with family or live in Dugan Hall dormitory on the campus of Canisius College. The dormitory is recently renovated and features 24-hour security, free Wi-Fi access and air-conditioning. A Resident Assistant (RA) will be living in the dormitory with our students. Room and board expenses are paid by the student. Learn more about Canisius College dormitories.

How much will my room and board cost?
The 2016 cost for a dorm room at Canisius was $30 per night. Out-of-town students will be informed of 2017 room rates as part of the acceptance offer.

Where can I eat?
The Canisius dormitories do not have open cafeterias during the summer, but there are facilities for students to make their own meals. There is a cafeteria on the Roswell Park campus where food service is available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the work week and on weekends. Also, there are a variety of restaurants and diners throughout Buffalo featuring local and worldwide cuisine. Interns are responsible for paying for their own meals.

How can I get from the dormitory to Roswell Park?
Metro bus and subway lines are available modes of transportation. It is a two-minute walk from the Canisius College campus to the Metro rail station. Monthly passes are available for purchase once students arrive at the campus.

If I live in the dormitory, will I be able to go home on the weekends?
Yes. You will need the permission of your parent or guardian and are required to notify the Assistant Dean for Internships and Education Outreach. However, students are not allowed to leave early on Fridays or return late on Mondays to accommodate their weekend plans unless granted permission by the Assistant Dean for Internships and Education Outreach.

Social Activities

Are social activities planned for dormitory students during off-hours and weekends?
Yes. There are periodic social activities planned for weeknights and weekends during the course of the program. These activities are meant for interns to bond with their peers and enjoy relaxation time away from their research experience. Participants will receive a program schedule that lists these activities shortly before the program begins.

What social activities will be taking place this year?
While 2017 events have not been confirmed yet, events in previous years have included restaurant nights, tours of Niagara Falls and Buffalo Bisons minor league baseball games.