Summer Research Experience Program in Oncology

Application Deadline

January 10, 2018

Program Dates

Monday, June 4 – Friday, July 27, 2018 (8 weeks)

Program Description

Are you a first-year medical, PA or dental student who has an interest in research and is thinking about specializing in oncology?

Through this internship experience, you will gain either first-hand research or clinical experience by working full-time on an independent clinical or scientific cancer-related research project. You are able choose and rank projects in the application process based on your research preference and interests. Your experience will take place in the collaborative environment of a cancer research laboratory or clinic headed by a world-renowned cancer researcher or clinician. In the research laboratory you will work alongside graduate students, post-doctoral scholars and laboratory technicians. If your project is in the clinical setting, you will work within a team of staff physicians, nurses and clinical residents. Your experience will be supported by a curriculum of learning and professional development activities.

Through these activities you will learn about pertinent current and cutting-edge cancer topics. You will also share in your project discoveries with your intern peers through peer-mentorship cross-training. You will conclude your research experience by presenting your work at the program conference where you will hone your scientific communication skills.

Areas of Research

Students can choose to rank their selection of available projects in the following clinical and scientific cancer research areas. Clinical research areas include:

  • Anesthesiology
  • Head and neck surgery
  • Pathology
  • Pediatric oncology
  • Plastic surgery
  • Medical oncology
  • Neuro oncology
  • Radiation medicine
  • Surgical oncology
  • Urology

Scientific research areas include:

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

Program Eligibility

Applicants must meet all the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be enrolled in their first year of graduate medical training at the time of application
  • Be in good standing with their academic program
  • A U.S. citizen or a U.S. permanent resident

Program Stipends

Limited funding is available to support stipends for select applicants to the summer program. Twenty funded internships (15 medical student and 5 PA student) are awarded based on the qualifications of applicants and criteria required by our outside funding sources. The subsistence allowance for the eight week program is $3200 which is paid in four bi-weekly check installments over the course of the program. Applicants who are not offered a paid internship due to eligibility criteria and limited availability of program funds may be offered an unpaid internship.

Program Cost


  • Application fee: $35 (non-refundable)

All accepted interns

  • Program fee: $65 (non-refundable)

Out-of-town interns

  • Canisius College Dormitory expense ($30/ night room rate in 2017): $1680 for 8 week program

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 will 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.


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 Oncology at Roswell Park.

Funding support is provided by the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health under award number: R25CA181003