What is CREATE?

Our training program “Cancer Research Education, Advancement, Training and Empowerment” (CREATE) at the University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center (UHCC) addresses the over-arching goal to enhance the training of a workforce to meet biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research needs to lower cancer incidence and mortality in the Pacific. CREATE takes advantage of the excellent research opportunities arising from the distinctive population and environment in Hawaiʻi and the Pacific with strong multi-disciplinary collaborations at the University of Hawaiʻi and with the University of Guam. Research training in our multiethnic population with persons of Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, Japanese, Filipino, Chinese, Korean, and European ancestry is important to address cancer health disparities due to ethnicity and low socio-economic status while the unique biologic resources and natural compounds found nowhere else in the world will prepare the next generation of researchers for drug discovery and mechanistic cancer research to create new cancer treatments. Besides the hands-on experience at UHCC, CREATE includes a curriculum of multi-disciplinary seminars, workshops, and career development sessions. The goal of CREATE is to offer distinctive training experiences in cancer biology and in population sciences for undergraduate sophomores and juniors and for first-year graduate students.

For Undergraduate Sophomores and Juniors (Summer)

For First-Year Graduate Students (Spring or Fall)

Contact Us

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The summer internship program is supported in part by a grant from the National Cancer Institute (R25 CA244073), an endowment from the Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Company, and donations from the Friends of the UH Cancer Center.