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***There will be a few changes to the Partners summer 2022 program as a result of COVID-19 restrictions and complications. The program is subject to change as needed to protect coordinators and students.

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
  • Summer 2022 student must provide their own housing. Dorm housing
  • A solo project to be completed under the supervision of a Principal Investigator and bench mentor
  • Professional Development
  • Subject to change for summer 2022. Team building and recreation

Requirements and Qualifications for Students

  • Currently completing your freshman or sophomore year
  • Science GPA of at least 3.0 preferred
  • Strong background in biology, chemistry, or computer science
  • Changes for summer 2022:
  • Students must provide their own transportation and housing and will work in labs at their home institutions
  • Produce a poster and present at a UNC Undergraduate symposium at the end of the program
  • TBD: Attend ABRCMS conference in the fall of 2022



To apply:

  • Identify who will write your two letters of recommendation from faculty at your school (UNC or NCCU) – you will need to submit the the faculty members’ contact information as part of your application.
  • Complete and submit the online application using the application portal for your school:


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.
Update for summer 2022: All students must provide their own transportation.

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.

Update for summer 2022: Housing and meals will not be provided for the summer 2022 program. A $5,750 stipend will be provided to students.

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.

Update for summer 2022: ABRCMS attendance is TBD pending several COVID-related issues. A final decision will be made during the summer.
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.