Summer Research Program Information for Educators

Research experience programs provide first-hand cancer research and oncology experiences to students who have a keen interest in science and are considering a career in scientific research.

Applicants to the program rank their choice of research areas at Roswell Park. They are rated and matched with a mentor to be placed in the program through a mutual selection system.

The programs take place between June and August to allow students to commit full time to their research experience. Program length varies by education level (high school students – 7 weeks; college students – 10 weeks; first year medical students/PA Students/3rd Year BSN Students – 8 weeks).

Interns work on projects in specialized research areas including:

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Tumor immunology
  • Genomics
  • Cancer pathology
  • Cancer prevention/epidemiology
  • Molecular biology
  • Cell biology
  • Cancer genetics
  • Molecular pharmacology
  • Cancer therapeutic development

Medical/PA/Nursing students also have a choice of clinical research experiences including:

  • Medicine
  • Radiation medicine
  • Surgical oncology

The core research experience is supported by a curriculum of learning and career development activities. Summer students learn about pertinent and cutting-edge cancer topics during weekly seminars. These topics include principles of scientific communication, research ethics, cancer health disparities and novel experimental therapies. College students attend a retreat, engage in informal scientific exchange with students and faculty from a variety of cancer science and oncology disciplines.

Each program concludes with a research conference for interns to present their summer’s research work. All students give a poster presentation. College students give a scientific talk complementing their research poster and present at an additional conference — the Biomedical Research Day at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, which combines presentations by interns from multiple programs.

References for Program Applicants

Applicants to the program are asked to provide contact information for a reference in the online application. References will be solicited by email to submit an online recommendation. If you are asked to be a reference, or anticipate being a reference, please be sure to adjust your email account’s spam filter to accept emails from the domain: “”