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About the Partners Cancer Biology Program

The Partners Program in Cancer Biology is 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.

In addition to the summer program, NCCU fellows will conduct research during the academic year with a stipend of $1600 per semester.

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 may be invited back for a second year.


The Partners Cancer Biology Program offers

  • A 10-week intensive summer program
  • A stipend of $5000 and a food allowance of $700
  • 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

Requirements and Qualifications for Students

  • Currently completing your freshman or sophomore year
  • Science GPA of at least 3.0
  • Strong background in biology, chemistry, or computer science
  • Live on UNC campus (housing provided) for the duration of the 10-week summer program (UNC students will travel to NCCU daily)
  • Produce a poster and present at a UNC Undergraduate symposium at the end of the program
  • Attend and present a poster at a national conference in the Fall of 2020



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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.