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.
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.
The program runs from Monday, June 14 through Friday, August 13, 2021. Students must be able to commit to this entire period in order to participate.
While we are planning to hold an on-site experience in 2021, we are monitoring the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and assessing the safest way for students and staff to conduct the program next summer. We will post all relevant program updates here.
Please feel free to reach out to program staff at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
If you are looking for an alternate summer programs, please check out our Catalog of Biomedical Research Internships.
Areas of Research
Interns are paired with a faculty mentor after selecting one of the following areas of interest:
Learn more about the specific research interests of Fred Hutch faculty.
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.
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:
*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 $4,938 (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 $2,400* 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 2019 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). An online application for the 2022 Summer Undergraduate Research Program will be available in mid-November 2021.
The application consists of:
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.
The Cancer Research Internship for Undergraduate Students is supported in part by NCI grants: 5 U54 CA132381 (Fred Hutch) and 5 U54 CA132383 (NMSU).
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:
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:
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 during the NMSU Spring 2021 semester.
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
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.
Nightly rates start at approximately $55.
Nightly rates start at approximately $100.
Nightly rates start at approximately $55.
Note: Fellows should confirm rates before making a reservation.
How to Apply
The application deadline for the program has passed. Updates will be posted here when available.
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.