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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.

Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement Summer Programs

The Miller School of Medicine through its Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement offers a variety of Summer programs for High School, Undergraduate and Graduate level students.  For more information, please contact Janet Bringuez-Sanchez at or 305-243-7156 or visit their website at

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

Comprehensive Research Experiences to Advance Training and Education (CREATE) for Future Cancer Researchers

The Comprehensive Research Experiences to Advance Training and Education (CREATE) program is an expansion of the existing 10-week SURF program, made possible by an R25 grant from the National Cancer Institute. Rising juniors and seniors with an interest in cancer biology will have the opportunity to experience mentored research in the labs of world-class faculty, as well as the extensive technological, clinical and educational resources at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. Through academic development and mentoring, CREATE scholars will access a roadmap of the most cutting-edge tools and concepts in oncology. 

We will provide a stipend and housing on our Coral Gables campus for all CREATE scholars. 

For more information, please email or visit the CREATE program page.

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