Partnership for the Advancement of Cancer Research Project

Cancer Research Internships for Undergraduate Students

Underrepresented undergraduate students at New Mexico State University are invited to apply for a summer research internship at the Fred Hutch in Seattle, Washington.  The Hutch has an international reputation for its pioneering research in biological sciences, bone marrow and stem cell transplantation, cancer prevention, and epidemiology.  Our scientists come from around the world and are involved with many aspects of cancer research.

Additional Opportunities

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About the Cancer Research Internship for Undergraduate Students

This intensive, nine-week program is designed to provide research experience and mentorship for underrepresented undergraduate students attending NMSU who are interested in biomedical research. Under the guidance of a faculty mentor, students will complete an independent research project and present their findings at a competitive poster session. 

The program runs from Monday, June 15 through Friday, August 14, 2015. Students must be able to commit to this entire period in order to participate.

Areas of Research

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Students will be paired with a faculty mentor after selecting one of the following areas of interest:

  • Basic Science: Conducts structural, genetic, molecular, cellular, developmental and evolutionary biology;
  • Human Biology: Interdisciplinary research; conducts lab-based and computational research at the interface of basic, clinical and population sciences;
  • Public Health: Uses large populations as a "laboratory" to look for links between cancer and its possible triggers, from diet and lifestyle to environmental and genetic factors. Conducts statistical, epidemiological and prevention studies around the world;
  • Clinical Research: Works to develop and analyze new treatments for cancers and other diseases; and
  • Vaccine and Infectious Disease: Integrates computational, laboratory and clinical research method to advance the understanding of microbial pathogenesis and infectious disease processes.

To learn more about the specific research interests of FHCRC faculty, please visit the website.

Program Components

In addition to completing a mentored research project, students will participate in professional development workshops designed to facilitate the preparation of competitive applications for graduate/medical school.  Workshops include:

  • Preparing a personal statement, resume, and abstract;
  • How to successfully apply to graduate or medical school; and
  • Preparing and presenting a scientific poster. 

Students will also attend weekly research seminars regarding a broad array of scientific topics. The program culminates with a competitive poster session.

The program also sponsors a number of social activities to foster interaction among students and their mentors. Activities may include:

  • Attending a Mariner's game at Safeco Field;
  • Taking a ride on the Seattle Great Wheel;
  • Preparing a meal for patients and caregivers at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) House; and
  • Hiking the trails on Mount Rainier

Eligibility Requirements

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Enrolled at NMSU at the time of application submission.
  • Entering the summer before the FINAL year (or semester) of undergraduate studies; and
  • *Underrepresented student.
  • Strong background in the sciences or related area of interest.

*This includes racial and ethnic groups traditionally underrepresented in health sciences, persons with disabilities, and persons raised in economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Compensation, Travel, and Housing and Local Transportation

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Students will receive $4,500 (minus taxes) for participation in the program.

Roundtip travel costs (up to $450) to and from Seattle are provided. Travel arrangements will be coordinated by program staff unless otherwise requested. If the cost of airfare is less than $450, the program will reimburse students for luggage fees and/or ground transportation to and from the airport.  A receipt denoting the cost of these items is required for reimbursement. Students who drive to Seattle may receive mileage reimbursement (up to $450). 

Participants are responsible for their housing, meals, and local transportation.  Housing is available at the University of Washington’s Stevens Court for approximately $1,900 for the duration of the program. Housing applications for Stevens Court will be sent to students who are selected to participate in the Cancer Research Internship in early March. For more information about the amenities offered at Stevens Court, please visit their website.  Students are also welcome to make their own housing arrangements.  Participants are eligible to purchase a subsidized transportation pass for $45. There is a free shuttle between FHCRC and University of Washington campus that departs every 15 minutes.

How to Apply

The Cancer Research Internship for Undergraduate Students is fully integrated with the FHCRC’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP).  To submit an online application, please visit the SURP website. The application deadline is Friday, January 16, 2015.  Letters of recommendation for up to two references are due by Friday, January 23, 2015.  Notification of acceptance will occur in mid- to late-February.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or would like more information about the Cancer Research Internship for Undergraduate Students, you may contact Drs. Michèle Shuster at NMSU at: or Julian Simon at the FHCRC at:

Tips for Submitting a Quality Application

Due to the competitive nature of Cancer Research Internship Program for Undergraduate Students, applicants are strongly encouraged to review Tips for Submitting a Quality Application.

About the FHCRC

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The Hutch has an international reputation for its pioneering research in basic biological sciences, bone marrow and stem cell transplantation, cancer prevention, and epidemiology. For more information about the research conducted at the FHCRC, click here. To learn more about the specific research interests of FHCRC faculty, please visit the website.

You can view the story of professional baseball coach and player Fred Hutchinson and his brother Bill, a medical doctor and cancer researcher who founded the Fred Hutch here.

Other Cancer Research Internship Opportunities

A compilation of research internships in science or medicine for high school, undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, and graduate students can be found here.

In addition, Pathways to Science hosts a website that enables users to search for undergraduate summer research opportunities, graduate fellowships, and post-doctoral positions. For more information, please visit the website.

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The Cancer Research Internship for Undergraduate Students is supported in parts by NCI grants: 5 U54 CA132381 (FHCRC) and 5 U54 CA132383 (NMSU).