PARTNERS Cancer Biology

About the PARTNERS Cancer Biology Program

The PARTNERS Program introduces undergraduate students to basic cancer laboratory research and to public health research in areas relevant to disparities in the prevention, incidence, treatment, mortality and morbidity of cancer. Students may choose either a Laboratory Research Concentration or a Public Health Concentration. Students who successfully complete the first year of the program maybe invited back for a second year.

The PARTNERS Program in Cancer Biology is a paid 10-week internship funded by a U54 grant (CA156735) from the National Cancer Institute and formed as a collaboration between North Carolina Central University and the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. The program provides the opportunity for current undergraduate students at NCCU and UNC Chapel Hill  to gain valuable research experience, mentoring, and career development in Cancer Biology fields. 

The PARTNERS Cancer Biology Program offers:

  • A 10-week intensive summer program
  • A stipend of $5000 and a food allowance of $500
  • Dorm housing
  • A solo project to be completed under the supervision of a Principal Investigator and bench mentor
  • GRE prep classes
  • Professional Development
  • Team building and recreation

APPLY

To apply, submit an application packet containing:

  • Completed application form (download form here)
  • Current transcript showing all college courses taken (BANNER printout acceptable). Transfer students must supply transcripts from all colleges attended;
  • 1-2 page personal statement explaining  1. why you are applying for this internship, 2. your research and/or public health experience, and your educational and career goals; and
  • Minimum of two letters of recommendation from UNC faculty--please have faculty member email letters directly to Dr. Temitope Keku

Email your completed application packet to  

To apply, submit an application packet containing

  • Completed application form (download form here)
  • 1-2 page personal statement explaining  1. why you are applying for this internship, 2. your research and/or public health experience, and your educational and career goals; and
  • Minimum of two letters of recommendation from NCCU faculty--please have faculty member email letters directly to Dr. Wendy Heck-Grillo

Email your completed application packet to

  

Frequently Asked Questions

You will not be able to take classes or work while participating in the PARTNERS program. This is a very intensive program that will require all of your time during the 10-week program period. A stipend and housing are provided to compensate for this.

All parts of the program are mandatory. GRE prep is optional only for previous PARTNERS students completing their second program year.

Current UNC students will be working in labs at NCCU in Durham and will need transportation to and from Chapel Hill on weekdays. NCCU students will not require transportation.

The program will provide a $5000 stipend for the summer, along with a $500 meal allowance. Campus housing will also be provided at no cost.

ABRCMS is the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students). It is held annually and allows students the opportunity to attend and present their work, network, and explore graduate school and career options in a professional setting.