Summer Research Program Information for Educators

The research internship 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. Interns in the program apply to their choice of research areas at RPCI. Applicants rank their choice of internships and are matched with a mentor through a mutual selection system.

The programs take place between June and August to allow interns 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 – 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 students also have a choice of clinical internships including:

  • Medicine
  • Radiation medicine
  • Surgical oncology

The core research experience is supported by a curriculum of learning and career development activities. Interns 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 the Institute-wide retreat, engaging in informal scientific exchange with students and faculty from a variety of cancer science and oncology disciplines. College and high school students are exposed to alternative science careers by attending field trips to local life science and pharmaceutical companies.

Each program concludes with a research conference for interns to present their summer’s research work. All interns 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: “”