PACR Education

One of the primary goals of the PACR is recruiting, educating, and training researchers from underrepresented populations. New Mexico State University is a majority-minority institution, with more than 14,000 students enrolled in programs at the main campus. Nearly 3,000 students are in graduate and professional degree programs.

We offer internship opportunities for NMSU students to conduct independent research projects at Fred Hutch. We also provide training opportunities for Fred Hutch post-docs at NMSU, and professional development and scientific workshops in both New Mexico and Washington.

Poster Session
Intern Adriana Diaz with Colleen Delaney

Internships for NMSU Students

Undergraduate Students

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Cancer Research Internship for Undergraduate Students (CRI-U)
This intensive, nine-week program is designed to provide research experience and mentorship for underrepresented undergrad students interested in biomedical research. Under the guidance of a faculty mentor, interns will complete an independent research project and present their findings at a competitive poster session.

Applications for the 2020 CRI-U will be available mid-November, 2019.

Areas of Research
Interns are paired with a faculty mentor after selecting one of the following areas of interest:

  • Basic Science
    Structural, genetic, molecular, cellular, developmental and evolutionary biology.
  • Human Biology
    Interdisciplinary research; lab-based and computational research in basic, clinical and population sciences.
  • Public Health Sciences
    Large populations serve 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
    Development and analysis of new treatments for cancers and other diseases.
  • Vaccine and Infectious Disease
    Computational, laboratory and clinical research methods advance the understanding of microbial pathogenesis and infectious disease processes.

Learn more about the specific research interests of Fred Hutch faculty.

 

Program Components
In addition to completing a mentored research project, interns participate in professional development workshops designed to facilitate preparation of competitive applications to graduate/medical school.

Workshops include:

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

Interns 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 activities designed to foster interaction among interns and their mentors. Past activities include:

  • Attending a Mariners game or Sounders match
  • Riding the Seattle Great Wheel
  • Touring the Theo Chocolate Factory
  • Taking a ferry to scenic Bainbridge Island
  • 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
  • Underrepresented student*
  • Strong background in the sciences or a related area of interest

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

 

Compensation, Travel, Housing and Local Transportation
Interns will receive $4,794 (minus taxes) for participating in the program.

The PACR provides roundtrip travel (up to $450) to and from Seattle. Travel arrangements will be coordinated by program staff unless otherwise requested. If the cost of airfare is less than $450, interns may also request reimbursement for the cost of luggage fees and/or ground transportation to and from the airport. Interns who drive to Seattle are eligible for mileage reimbursement, up to $450.

Interns are responsible for their housing, meals, and local transportation costs. Housing is available at the University of Washington’s Stevens Court for approximately $2,300* for the duration of the program. Housing applications for Stevens Court will be available to students who are selected to participate in the program in early March. For more information about the amenities offered at Stevens Court, please visit UW Student Housing. Interns are also welcome to make their own housing arrangements.

* Estimate based on 2018 housing price

Participants are eligible to purchase a subsidized transportation pass for $45. There is a free shuttle between Fred Hutch and the University of Washington campus, departing every 15 minutes.

 

How to Apply
The Cancer Research Internship for NMSU Undergraduate Students is fully integrated with Fred Hutch’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP). Applications for the 2020 SURP will be available online in mid-November 2019.

The application consists of:

  • A one-page Statement of Research Interests and Career Goals outlining the applicant’s scientific background, current research interests and how participation in the SURP will advance academic and career aspirations
  • Transcripts
  • Up to two letters of recommendation
  • Identifying up to three faculty members the applicant would like to work with, and a short description of why their research is of interest

We recommend applicants start by reviewing the Recent Interns page to help identify faculty whose research is of interest. However, all Fred Hutch faculty are potential mentors. If applicants have a general sense for the type of research that interests them, the Faculty/Labs page can help determine the faculty within that scientific area of interest.

We encourage applicants to review our Tips for Submitting a Quality Application.

We encourage students to submit their application before the deadline. An abundance of last-minute submissions can overwhelm the application portal, which may result in upload failure. The same suggestion applies to uploading letters of recommendation. We are unable to accept any late submissions.

 

Contact Us
NMSU students can email Dr. Michèle Shuster.
Non-NMSU students can email Dr. Julian Simon.

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

Graduate Students

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Cancer Research Internship for NMSU Graduate Students (CRI-G)
This program provides experience and mentorship for NMSU graduate students who are interested in diverse aspects of cancer research in human populations. Accepted students, in coordination with their mentors, will design a project tailored to the student’s interests.

In addition to completing a mentored research project, students will also participate in weekly research seminars, professional development workshops and a competitive poster session.

An online application for the 2020 CRI-G will be available mid-November, 2019.

 

Eligibility Requirements

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Currently enrolled in an NMSU graduate program, such as, but not limited to: Public Health, Social Work, Physical Anthropology, Psychology, Physiology, Statistics or Computer Science
  • Underrepresented student*
  • Have a strong academic background

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

 

Internship Logistics
Interns will receive $4,794 (minus taxes) for participating in the program.

The PACR provides roundtrip travel (up to $450) to and from Seattle. Travel arrangements will be coordinated by program staff unless otherwise requested.

Interns are responsible for their housing, meals and local transportation costs. Housing is available at the University of Washington’s Stevens Court for approximately $2,300* for the duration of the program. Housing applications for Stevens Court will be available to students who are selected to participate in the program in early March. For more information about the amenities offered at Stevens Court, please visit UW Student Housing. Interns are also welcome to make their own housing arrangements. 

* Estimate based on 2018 housing price

Participants are eligible to purchase a subsidized transportation pass for $45. There is a free shuttle between Fred Hutch and the University of Washington campus, departing every 15 minutes.

 

Contact Us
Graduate student can email Drs. Julian Simon at Fred Hutch or Graciela Unguez at NMSU.

The Cancer Research Internship for Graduate Students is supported in part by NCI grants: U54 CA132381 (Fred Hutch) and U54 CA132383 (NMSU).

Additional Training Opportunities

Postdoctoral Fellows

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Undergraduate Teaching Experience for Postdoctoral Fellows
The Cancer Teaching Fellows (CTF) Program provides an opportunity for Fred Hutch postdoctoral fellows to gain mentored undergraduate teaching experience at NMSU. Working with Dr. Michèle Shuster, Cancer Teaching Fellows enhance their skills as undergraduate educators by completing preparatory assignments and executing an effective lecture series in a diverse undergraduate biology class at NMSU.

Cancer Teaching Fellows complete a two-week residency at NMSU designed to:

  • Provide mentored teaching experience and diversity training
  • Enhance the cancer education curriculum at NMSU

To prepare for their residency, the Cancer Teaching Fellows complete between three and five assignments, taking an estimated 20 hours of time over the course of four to six weeks.

During residency, the Fellows will:

  • Observe undergraduate biology lectures
  • Develop interactive lectures including assessment activities
  • Practice their lectures with Dr. Shuster
  • Teach in one of Dr. Shuster's undergraduate courses
  • Receive Dr. Shuster’s feedback on all lectures given

Fellows also host informal meetings with NMSU students to talk about the research opportunities available through the Fred Hutch/NMSU partnership, including the summer internships offered to undergraduate and masters level students. Cancer Teaching Fellows meet with several NMSU faculty members to discuss balancing research, teaching and service in academic positions.

In an effort to showcase some of the challenges and opportunities of teaching at a primarily undergraduate, minority-serving institution, Fellows may be invited to participate in activities with NMSU faculty. The activities can be tailored somewhat to accommodate the interests and desired learning and experience outcomes of the individual Fellow.

The start and end dates are flexible and can be negotiated between the Fellows and Drs. Michèle Shuster and Karen Peterson; however, the two-week residency must take place between September 9 and November 29, 2019.

 

Mentorship
Dr. Shuster will serve as the primary mentor for the Cancer Teaching Fellows. She is a tenure-track associate professor in the Biology department at NMSU, with extensive undergraduate teaching experience. Dr. Shuster is a recipient of the Donald C. Roush and Westhafer Awards for Excellence in Teaching at NMSU.


Dr. Peterson will serve as an informational and teaching resource prior to the two-week residency at NMSU. Upon completion, she will provide information about opportunities for additional teaching experiences at Fred Hutch, NMSU and regional undergraduate universities. In addition, she will counsel Fellows about their career path and offer mentorship during the job search process.

 

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

  • Post-doctoral fellow at Fred Hutch
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident

Cancer Teaching Fellows will be selected based on their interest in teaching, as evidenced by participating in teaching at Fred Hutch or other institutions.

 

Compensation, Travel and Housing
Cancer Teaching Fellows receive a $1,000 honorarium, as well as the local per diem for food and housing in Las Cruces. The program covers the cost of roundtrip airfare from Seattle to El Paso. Fellows are responsible for securing their airfare, housing and local transportation for their two-week residency; rental cars are available at the El Paso International Airport. The program managers, Helena Loest or Marilyn Drennan, will advise on making travel arrangements.

Housing options near the NMSU campus include:

The Extended Stay: Value Place
Weekly rates start at approximately $179 (including tax). A $100 refundable deposit is required.

Sleep Inn
Nightly rates start at approximately $55.

Comfort Suites
Nightly rates start at approximately $100.

Ramada Palms
Nightly rates start at approximately $55.

Note: Fellows should confirm rates before making a reservation.

 

How to Apply
Interested applicants can download and complete an application. Completed applications are due to Karen Peterson on or before Friday, May 10, 2019. We will notify accepted fellows in early June.

 

Contact us
If you have any questions about the Cancer Teaching Fellows program, please contact Drs. Karen Peterson or Michèle Shuster. For assistance with travel arrangements, please contact the program managers: Helena Loest and Marilyn Drennan.

Health Disparities Field Experience (HDFE)

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This three-week summer immersion experience is designed to give UW and NMSU graduate students the opportunity to observe and participate in various health settings serving underrepresented populations in New Mexico, including Native American/American Indian tribal lands. Students will receive formative experiences and the opportunity to develop research skills to critically assess health disparities and health education interventions. Activities include shadowing health personnel at their worksites and field data collection.

HDFE participants will work with:

  • Public Health faculty
  • Local Health educators
  • Community and clinical medical staff

These collaborations will help participants better understand the regional issues related to the existence of health disparities and inequalities in the US/Mexico border region.

The 2019 HDFE program dates are July 7 – July 21, 2019. Students must be able to committee to all three weeks of the HDFE in order to participate.

  • Week 1 (July 7-13): online trainings and readings to prepare for the field experience
  • Weeks 2 and 3 (July 14-21): takes place in New Mexico, traveling to different regions of the state.

 

Eligibility Requirements

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Health Sciences/Public Health graduate student enrolled at the University of Washington (UW) or New Mexico State University
  • Successfully completed HSERV 555: Cancer Health Disparities (UW)
  • Strong academic background

 

Travel and Housing
The PACR will cover the cost of airfare, ground transportation to and from the experience sites, and overnight accommodations. Participants will be responsible for any incidental expenses or any traveling costs not associated the Health Disparities Field Experience.

Travel arrangements will be made by the Fred Hutch staff unless otherwise requested.

 

How to Apply
Interested applicants can download and complete an application. Completed applications, a resume/CV, transcripts, and statement of research interest and career goals are due to Marilyn Drennan on or before March 30, 2019. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance in late April 2019.

 

Contact Us
Interested UW and NMSU graduate students can email Drs. Julian Simon or Ernesto Moralez with questions.

The Health Disparities Field Experience (HDFE) is supported in part by NCI grants: U54 CA132381 (Fred Hutch) and U54 CA132383 (NMSU).