Photo of Outreach Core Director, Shoba Ramanadhan, looking at scientific poster with student

The UMass Boston – DF/HCC Partnership is an active advocate for student training. We have several training programs for students to develop skills needed to excel in scientific research, specifically in the area of cancer and cancer health disparities. Programs target students from undergraduates to postdocs and focus on critical areas to develop to become successful and innovative cancer researchers.

Partnership research training opportunities

Community-based research

The Outreach Core offers paid summer research and outreach opportunities for undergraduate and postbaccalaureate students—particularly those from underrepresented minority backgrounds—who are interested in cancer/cancer disparities, public health, and community outreach. OC interns will be selected and matched with an internship site, depending on interest, and can be placed at DF/HCC community-based research labs, community-based organizations, or faith-based organizations in the Boston area or Lawrence, MA. Interns will be required to attend professional development workshops and the Annual Education Day, as well as present a poster of their research at the end of the summer.

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Lab-based research

The Research Education Core (REC) offers paid summer research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students—particularly those from underrepresented minority backgrounds—who are interested in cancer/cancer disparities research. Trainees are matched, depending on interest, and placed at a UMass Boston or DF/HCC research lab. Trainees are required to participate in professional development activities and present their work at local and national conferences.

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Summer Program to Advance Research Careers (SPARC) 
The Summer Program to Advance Research Careers (SPARC) is a 12-week intensive research experience focused on emerging technologies (ET) in cancer and cancer disparities. First or second-year undergraduates will engage in full-time mentored cancer research experiences across DF/HCC and UMass Boston. Program activities will provide the intellectual, technical, and personal foundations essential for developing and implementing cutting-edge research.

Visit the SPARC website for eligibility details.

Young Empowered Students for Continued Research Engagement (YES for CURE) 
YES for CURE is a two-and-a-half-year training program for high school and undergraduate students from underrepresented populations interested in a career in science or research. Students engage in hands-on, mentored research with basic, clinical, or population science or nursing research investigators at DF/HCC.

Visit the YES for CURE website for eligibility and application details.

Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (CURE) Summer Program 
The CURE program introduces high school and college students from underrepresented populations to the world of cancer research by placing them in real research settings at local cancer research institutions. The goal is to encourage students to pursue careers in cancer research and to expand their interest in basic, clinical, and/or population science research.

Visit the CURE Program’s website for more details.

Non-Partnership research training opportunities