Applying to the Summer Research Program
Who should apply?
Students in an MD, DO, PA or Nursing BA program who are considering careers focused on combined oncology and cancer research.
Are stipends or other funding available for health professional students?
Subsistence allowances are awarded to applicants based on merits of their application and meet criteria for funding source eligibility.
How much is the stipend and what does it cover?
Subsistence allowances are $4,800 for the eight-week program in 2020. Subsistence allowances may be used to cover out-of-pocket expenses such as food, dormitory lodging (for out-of-town students) and other incidental costs.
I’m not a first-year student. Can I still apply?
We do not accept applications from students who are not in their first year of health professional school.
Do I have to submit an official transcript?
No. We require students to provide only a letter of good standing from school official. This letter can be scanned and sent as a PDF to email@example.com from your school official.
What is the application deadline?
All applicants must complete their online application and submit supplemental materials by January 17, 2020. See the online application portal for more instructions.
What are the program dates?
The 2019 program for graduate medical students starts on Monday, June 1 and ends on Friday, July 24.
What will I learn?
Interns will receive a formal orientation and on-boarding session. 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 include seminars on pertinent and cutting-edge cancer topics and professional development activities such as attendance at the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center science retreat.
Where will I be working?
You will be working in a Roswell Park research department alongside professional researchers, graduate students and laboratory technicians or in a clinical setting, training with physicians and other health professionals.
Will I get to meet other students in the program?
Yes. There are plenty of opportunities to meet and socialize with other students. As part of the peer-mentored cross-training activities you will have the chance to interact with health professional student interns in the program. You will learn about their projects and take tours of the clinics and research departments. 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?
Sometimes academic year schedule start and end dates may fall within the scheduled summer progam dates. In these cases, students should inquiry about schedule flexibility with the Assistant Dean for Internships and Education Outreach. To do this, email your inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org and type in the subject line: Summer Program Schedule Flexibility. Inquiries will be handled on case-by-case basis. While participatng, all students are required to attend every day of the program and to work for a full day.
How many hours per day/week will I be required to participate in the internship experience?
Students are required to participate in the research experience Monday through Friday for eight weeks. Schedules are eight hours per day (Monday through Friday) 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 interns?
Yes. Dress attire requirements are meant to ensure safety in the laboratories and professionalism in the clinical setting. 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. For clinical internships the dress code is business attire. In addition, there are a few days where 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, Means and Transportation
I am from out of town. Where can I stay while in the program?
Students who live further than commuting distance from Roswell Park may either find their own living accommodations or live at the dormitories 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 dormitories at Canisius College.
How much will my room and board cost?
The 2019 cost for a double occupancy dorm room at Canisius was $35 per night and for a single occupancy dorm room it was $43/night, these rates may change in 2020 and will be announced closer to the start of the program. Out-of-town students deciding to stay at the dormitory will be informed of 2020 room rates as part of the acceptance offer.
Where can I eat?
The Canisius dormitories do not have a cafeteria that is open 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.
Are social activities planned for dormitory students during off-hours and weekends?
Yes. There are periodic social activities planned for both 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 at the start of the program.
What social activities will be taking place this year?
While 2020 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.