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UTHealth-CPRIT Undergraduate Summer Research Experience (June 1st-August 3rd, 2022)

Welcome to the UTHealth-CPRIT Innovation in Cancer Prevention Research Program – UTHealth’s training program for undergraduates in cancer prevention or COVID related projects.


We offer training in evidence-based tools for innovative thinking, trans-disciplinary collaboration, health equity, and placements with accomplished cancer prevention researchers at: School of Public Health (Austin, Brownsville, Dallas, El Paso, Houston, and San Antonio), Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (Houston), McGovern Medical School (Houston), and School of Biomedical Informatics (Houston).



 – Open to all undergraduates excluding seniors graduating before Fall 2022

 – Minimum 3.0 GPA required

 – Students must reside in Texas during the summer program to receive a $6,000 stipend

 – Applicants from diverse backgrounds including underrepresented minority students, students from economically disadvantaged and underserved backgrounds, and students with disabilities are highly encouraged to apply


All application materials must be submitted through by 11:59 PM on Monday, January 24th, 2022. This includes a complete application (see below) with a CV and unofficial transcripts attached, and an academic letter of recommendation.


Frequently asked questions by applicants:


Q: Who is eligible to apply?

A: All undergraduate students in colleges and universities across the United States who will be sophomores, juniors, or seniors in the fall semester of 2022.


Q: What is the schedule for the summer program?

Each week, you will engage in research, cancer seminars, and professional development workshops Monday through Friday from 8 am – 5 pm.


Q: Can I apply if I have a GPA of less than 3.0?

A: Applicants with less than a 3.0 GPA will be reviewed on a case by case basis.


Q: Is this internship only for students interested in pre-medicine?

A: No, we encourage students from all majors and programs to apply. 


Q: Can I submit unofficial transcripts? 

A: Unofficial transcripts will suffice during the review of your application. If accepted to the fellowship, official transcripts will be required before you can be appointed. If you believe your official transcript will not arrive before the deadline, we suggest submitting unofficial transcripts with your application. Request official transcripts from your university as soon as possible.


Q: I am an international student on an F1 visa. Can I apply for this fellowship?

A: Yes. International students currently enrolled in a US college or university can also apply. After acceptance into the program, you will be required to apply for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) from the office of international affairs in your home institution.


Q: Can I submit a letter of recommendation, or does it have to be sent directly by the recommender?

A: Our online application contains a section where you can identify your recommender. We will e-mail them the information required to submit your letter. Although we may accept letters sent directly by you, this practice is strongly discouraged.


Q: Do all materials need to be sent electronically?

A: The application is now available online. You will have the opportunity to submit your materials within the application. Please follow the directions listed on the application regarding the naming convention of files. Official transcripts may either be emailed (if your institution participates in this practice) or sent directly to:

Kandace Parks

UTHealth School of Public Health

7000 Fannin St., UCT 2510j

Houston, TX 77030

Phone 713-500-9476




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