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Preprofessional Opportunities

Roswell Park Cancer Institute - Summer Research Experience Program in Oncology


Category: Summer
Type: Research
Location: Buffalo New York
Deadline: Mid January


Applicants must meet all the following eligibility criteria: Be enrolled in their first year of medical, PA or dental school at the time of application; Be in good standing with their academic program; A U.S. citizen or a U.S. permanent resident


Are you a first-year medical or PA  student who has an interest in research and is thinking about a career as a physician-scientist in the cancer field?

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 in your area of interest. Your experience will take place in the collaborative environment of a cancer research laboratory or clinic headed by a cancer researcher or clinician. Depending on the setting you'll either work alongside and receive guidance from graduate students, post-doctoral scholars and laboratory technicians in a scientific research lab or within a team of staff physicians, nurses and clinical residents in a clinic. Your research experience will be complemented by a relevant research lecture series for knowledge and skill enhancement and professional development activities to expose you to the life of a physician-scientist.

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.

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

  • Pediatric oncology
  • 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 and genomics
  • Molecular pharmacology