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High School Students and Undergraduates

Sylvester’s Office of Education and Training sponsors programs and partners with University research programs to increase cancer research career exploration opportunities for high school students and college undergraduates.

Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Summer Research Training Program

The Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K)-LINCS Summer Research Training Program in Biomedical Big Data Science is for undergraduate and high school students interested in participating in cutting-edge research projects aimed at solving data-intensive biomedical problems. The University of Miami is a Data Coordination and Integration Center (DCIC) site in the Library of Integrated Network-Based Cellular Signatures (LINCS) and BD2K NIH Common Fund programs. Since 2015, the UM program has trained local high school and undergraduate interns working on cancer-focused computationally-driven drug discovery projects. Examples include the use of gene expression signatures for cancer drug repurposing, machine learning to predict drug targets and mechanism of action, or integrated multi-omics data processing. Please contact Nicolette Christa Ross at 

Center for Haitian Studies (CHS) Students Training in Research (STIR)

The CHS Students Training in Research (STIR) program is designed to provide underrepresented high school and undergraduate students with mentoring, laboratory research experience, and professional skills development. The Miller School of Medicine and particularly Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center has a long-standing relationship with the Center for Haitian Studies (CHS), which provides comprehensive health and service programs to the South Florida Haitian diaspora community and serves as both a research and clinical site for Sylvester and the Miller School of Medicine trainees. Sylvester researchers host and mentor STIR participants in their labs on the Medical Campus. For more information, please contact Janet Bringuez-Sanchez at or 305-243-7156.

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

The SURF program is an intensive, paid, ten-week research training experience designed for college students, especially minority and other underrepresented students, interested in biomedical science careers. SURF students participate in seminars and workshops focused on strategies for gaining acceptance to graduate school, giving scientific presentations, conducting responsible research, and critically reading scientific literature. Meritorious applicants interested in cancer research are selected and matched with Sylvester investigators working on team-based, catchment area-relevant cancer projects. Cancer-specific education is provided through interactive sessions and hands-on research training in wet or dry laboratories.  To learn more, please click on 

Placements with Sylvester Researchers through the Office of Undergraduate Research

University of Miami undergraduates looking for a lab placement in cancer research or related scientific research are encouraged to contact UM’s Office of Undergraduate Research and Community Outreach.  The Sylvester’s Office of Education and Training will then facilitate a placement with the appropriate Sylvester researcher based on the application information submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Research, which can be reached at (305) 284-5058 or email