Institute for Health Disparities

Summer Scholars in Cancer Research (SSCR)

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Supported by the Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), the Summer Scholars in Cancer Research (SSCR) is one of the program components of the HSC Scholars in Cancer Research Program offered to undergraduate students. This program is designed to provide stage-specific competencies for undergraduates in science knowledge, research skill development, professionalism, and communication. The students will be trained through short-term exposures in the field of cancer and health disparities.

The Summer Scholars will have an 10-week mentor-guided cancer research training experience with enrichment activities (e.g. didactic workshops, scientific seminar, role model seminar, mentoring workshops and ethics training) expected to provide a comprehensive introductory exposure to cancer-related biomedical research.


Eligibility Requirements

  • Undergraduate students interested in biomedical research related to cancer and health disparities
  • 3.0 minimum cumulative grade point average
  • Students from underrepresented groups (racial/ethnic groups, disabilities, disadvantaged backgrounds)

Program Components:

  • Faculty mentors
  • Ten-weeks of mentor-guided research
  • Preparation for research
  • Research presentation skills
  • Library and electronic research techniques
  • Poster Presentation of Research at Program-end
  • Mentee Training and Networking through the National Research Mentoring Network


  • Stipend allowance (approximately $3,800)
  • Living Accommodations


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