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Undergraduate Summer Internship Applications in Cancer Research

ANNOUNCEMENT: Call for CPRIT BIG-TCR Undergraduate Summer Internship Applications in Cancer Research

The 2024 application for the CPRIT-funded Undergraduate Summer Internship Training Program will open on January 8, 2024. Applications will be accepted through 11: 59pm CST, February 16, 2024. Candidates will receive email notifications regarding pre-selection results within one month after the application due date.

Undergraduate Summer Internship: The UTHealth BIG-TCR Training Program will support up to eleven BIG-TCR undergraduate summer interns with a modest stipend. Each intern will receive a 10-week appointment and participate in interdisciplinary cancer research and training under the supervision of a faculty mentor.

About the BIG-TCR Summer Internship:

The McWilliams School of Biomedical Informatics, Genomics and Translational Cancer Research Training Program (BIG-TCR) is focused on training next-generation researchers and leaders in the field of cancer research. BIG-TCR has been generously funded by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) to provide interns the opportunity to gain invaluable hands-on research experience through a 10-week training program.

UTHealth Houston is recruiting outstanding undergraduate students across the nation who are interested in cancer research to participate in a summer internship opportunity. The program is a 10-week internship focusing on research training in the field of biomedical informatics, genomics, and translational cancer research (BIG-TCR) under the supervision of UTHealth Houston faculty.

  • Eligibility
    • Candidates must be currently enrolled undergraduate students from the US.
    • International students who hold a valid visa throughout the duration of the program are eligible to apply.
    • Candidates should be majoring in a field related to quantitative or biological sciences, including but not limited to biology, chemistry, physics, pre-med, statistics, mathematics, computer science, and bioengineering.
    • Candidates must be available to live and work in Texas during the internship to meet the stipend requirements following compliance of the CPRIT training program. Interns who are unable to work in Texas (in-person or remotely) will be ineligible to receive the stipend.
  • Program Benefits
    • If the candidate will be working in Texas during the internship (either in-person or remotely), a $6,000 stipend will be provided to cover housing, travel, and living expenses.
    • Participation in a highly interactive and innovative training environment in the field of cancer resear
    • Enrichment activities: orientation, participation in diverse career development workshops and seminars, McWilliams Machine Learning Datathon (MLD), presentation of intern projects at BIG-TCR retreat, and CPRIT cores/facilities tour.
  • How To Apply

    Submission: Please submit all the required documents described below via this link: .

    2 Letters of Recommendation: please ask your recommenders to submit their letter of recommendation using the following link:

    Please email for any inquiries regarding the application process.

  • Required Documents
    • Undergraduate summer internship online application form
    • Resume
    • Academic transcripts from college institution
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • Personal statement

Summer Internship Guidelines

Applicants who have passed the pre-screening process will be notified of the next step in the application. The BIG-TCR team will coordinate the interviews between candidates and summer internship mentors from UTHealth Houston. The Internship will take place from June 3rd, 2024 to August 9, 2024 (Tentative).. All accepted candidates are expected to attend the entire 10-week training program. Should accepted candidates be unable to attend the program, they must inform the BIG-TCR team as soon as possible. Depending on the form of the internship, the trainees will be expected to be present at UTHealth Houston for registration and the annual retreat. During the internship, the mentor and intern’s lab members will be responsible for the project design and supervision of trainee’s progress. The trainees will present the progress of their projects at the BIG-TCR annual retreat at the conclusion of the program in August 2024.

Visiting Scholars must comply with all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations and all policies and procedures of the university, including, but not limited to all policies contained in the Handbook of Operating Procedures. The privileges of all Visiting Scholars at the university are at the pleasure of the university. The university may, at any time, and in its sole discretion, end a Visiting Scholar’s’ relationship with the university.

For questions regarding the BIG-TCR Undergraduate Summer Internship Program please email