Explore the latest in cancer research

Students in the Howard Honors Program and majoring in biology or chemistry can explore a cancer topic in the field of expertise of a Roswell Park faculty researcher across a variety of disciplines.

Successfully completing this program will satisfy Howard University’s Honors requirements and will allow you to make an informed decision and competitive application to enter a graduate school in preparation for a career in cancer research.

What you’ll learn

You’ll develop an understanding of your selected research topic through mentored directed readings in preparation for conducting your own project in an immersive funded summer research internship experience.

  • Deeply explore your interest in cancer under the direction of active researchers;
  • Prepare for graduate education in cancer sciences;
  • Experience the “bench-to-bedside” continuum of modern translational research;
  • Understand issues of cancer health disparity in Black communities and other underserved populations; and
  • Learn about cancer-focused career pathways and research areas.

Get started

Read through the fine-print details below, and download the program handbook. Then gather your application materials and apply today!

Howard Honors Biology or Chemistry students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible to apply.

Semester Program Activities
Sophomore Fall Application, Selection and Placement
Sophomore Spring Virtual Mentored Directed Readings I
Junior Fall Virtual Mentored Directed Readings II
Junior Spring Virtual Mentored Directed Readings III
Junior Summer Paid research experience at Roswell Park
Senior Year Presentation at science conference and honors thesis

Scholars who satisfactorily complete the Directed Readings portion of the program will receive a $6,000 subsistence allowance during the 10-week summer research experience program to cover lodging, food and other living expenses.

You are responsible for covering your own travel expenses to and from Buffalo, New York.

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


If you need further information, connect with us at Education@RoswellPark.org.