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

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The Comprehensive Research Experiences to Advance Training and Education (CREATE) program at the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center is a 10-week intensive summer research training experience designed for college students who are preparing for careers in cancer biology research.

Thanks to an NCI R25 Grant, the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center launched the inaugural CREATE program for Summer 2022 to enhance its efforts in building and diversifying the pipeline for the future leaders of cancer research. Scholars will have the opportunity to experience mentored research in the laboratories of world-class faculty, as well as the clinical, technological and educational resources at Sylvester. Through academic development and mentoring, CREATE scholars will access a roadmap of the most cutting-edge tools and concepts in oncology.

Our CREATE scholars will benefit from:

  • Individual lab projects addressing critical and impactful questions in cancer research
  • Mini bootcamps on understanding computational and bioinformatics approaches in oncology research
  • Workshops on academic skills, career training, graduate school & research options
  • Fieldtrips centered around community outreach and cancer disparities
  • Clinical shadowing
  • Scientific writing and presentation experience
  • Interactions with Sylvester leadership

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As a result of intensive research and mentorship, CREATE Scholars will exit the program with an increased awareness and preparedness for post-baccalaureate studies in the field of oncology. At the final Symposium, all scholars will have the opportunity to give a formal scientific presentation and to demonstrate their comprehensive training and knowledge as a result of their summer research experience.

Program Applicant Requirements

  • Strong interest in pursuing a doctoral program in oncological research 
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • In good standing at current institution
  • Rising undergraduate junior or senior
  • Majoring in a science-based curriculum
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2 (4.0 scale)

Important Dates

  • Final Application Deadline: February 6, 2022
  • Decision Notification: March 4, 2022
  • Program Dates: May 23 to July 29, 2022

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

We encourage women, underrepresented minorities, and disadvantaged students to apply to our program. Please contact us at surf@miami.edu if you have any questions

Application and Instructions

Completed online applications and all supporting documents must be submitted by the application deadline. Required materials to complete the application include:

  1. Two letters of recommendation emailed to surf@miami.edu
  2. A copy of your curriculum vitae or resume
  3. A copy of your transcript(s)
  4. Answers to the six additional questions in this downloadable file: Word, PDF.

Please attach all supporting materials (except letters of recommendation) as a single PDF as part of your online application, and submit it no later than 11:59 p.m. on February 6, 2022. Please contact us if you’re unable to create a single PDF.

We will not consider incomplete applications or those submitted after the deadline.

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