The Undergraduate Cancer Research Training Program (UCTRP) is an 12 week NCI sponsored research program designed for outstanding undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing a career in biomedical sciences. We strongly encourage diverse students interested in cancer health disparities to apply!
An individualized program is developed for each undergraduate participant, who will be paired to work with a faculty Principal Investigator and associates at CDU or UCLA laboratories on a selected cancer research project. The goal of the UCRTP is to ensure that each undergraduate student acquires the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to become proficient in cancer health disparities research.
On completion of the program, each undergraduate trainee will have worked on a hypothesis-driven research project in cancer health disparities and developed a research paper (based on the findings of the ancillary project). Students will also have the opportunity to present their findings before a regional or national conference and benefit from seminar series focused on translational cancer health disparities research.
- Participate in an innovative cancer research project on health disparities
- Participate in lectures and seminars held at the CDU and UCLA‐JCCC campuses.
- Learn hands on research procedures and experimental techniques under the guidance of mentors.
- Present a professional seminar during our Cancer Journal Club and your progress at weekly lab meetings.
- Prepare a professional research paper and present a poster at our research symposiums held at CDU or UCLA.
- Undergraduate freshmen, sophomores, juniors, & non-graduating seniors
- Low income or underrepresented students* encouraged to apply
- Minimum 3.0 GPA
- Pursing a career in biomedical-related sciences with health disparities focus
- Successful completion of college-level general biology and chemistry.
- No prior research experience required.
- Please see the program flyer for more information.
- Students accepted into the program will receive a stipend
- CDU or UCLA does not provide housing and/or meal plans for accepted students.
Applications are being accepted but please note, the start of the program is dependent on CDU and UCLA leadership to ensure we follow proper guidelines to ensure the health and well-being of our community in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis.