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Summer Cancer Research Internship for High School and Undergraduate Students


2018 Research Experience

For High School Juniors/Seniors and Undergraduate Sophomores/Juniors

The UH Cancer Center Summer Internship is an intensive program designed to provide research experience and mentorship for high school and undergraduate students who are interested in cancer research. Under the guidance of a faculty mentor, each student will complete an independent research project and give a poster presentation of the findings. The program runs from May 30 through August 10, 2018 with modified dates to accommodate students who have conflicting academic schedules.

Areas of Research

Each student will be paired with a faculty mentor to work in one of our 3 UHCC research units:

  1. Cancer Biology: in molecular carcinogenesis and prevention methods and new therapeutic approaches to cancer treatment
  2. Cancer Epidemiology: epidemiology, nutrition, biostatistics, bioinformatics, behavior change, quality of life in cancer survivors,
  3. Cancer Prevention in the Pacific: community-based interventions to promote cancer preventive lifestyles in Hawaii's multiethnic population.

Program Components

In addition to mentored research project, students will participate in the following activities:

  • An orientation session and tour of the UH Cancer Center
  • Training in the responsible conduct of research, laboratory safety, and/or human research protections
  • Journal clubs and research seminars
  • Student poster presentations

Eligibility Requirements

Application to the internship is open to students who are:

  • Currently enrolled, at the time of application, as a high school junior or senior OR as a sophomore or junior in an accredited college or university
  • State of Hawaii residents
  • Academically outstanding (at least a 3.5 GPA)
  • United States citizens or holder of permanent resident visa
  • Able to commit to a full-time summer research experience

Priority will be given to eligible applicants who:

  • Express a cancer-related research interest that matches an available mentor’s focus in population or laboratory-based research
  • Have relevant  research experience and skills
  • Have successfully completed college-level courses or training in the areas of biological, chemical, molecular, genetic, public health, nutritional, behavioral, clinical, computational, mathematical, or statistical sciences
  • Belong to ethnic groups that are under-represented in biomedical sciences
  • Are from a disadvantaged background
  • The internship program makes an effort to select students who attend diverse public and private high schools and undergraduate students.


Participants receive hourly pay according to University of Hawaii schedules for their full-time participation in the internship program.

  • Undergraduates receive up to $3,000 for 9 weeks of full-time effort or 300 hours.
  • High school students receive up to $1,500 for 4 weeks of full-time effort or 160 hours.
  • Students are not compensated for additional work hours or holidays.
  • The program does not provide housing, transportation, or travel expenses.

How to Apply

  1. Please review the following information prior to preparing your application:

2. Download and submit the 2018 Application Form by the application deadline of March 1, 2018. Email the application as one pdf file with the subject line "YOUR NAME INTERNSHIP APPLICATION" to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. sent by the applicant ONLY. Paper applications by mail or those using previous forms will not be accepted.

Contact Us

If you have any additional questions about the summer internship program that are not addressed in the Frequently Asked Questions, please send an email to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The summer internship program is supported in part by Cancer Center Support Grant (CCSG) CURE Supplement 3 P30 CA01789, an endowment from the Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Company, and donations from the Friends of UH Cancer Center.