Opportunity for Cancer Summer Research Experience in Puerto Rico! 2023 CAPAC Research Training Program

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Monday, 23 January 2023


We enthusiastically inform you that our third summer research program, funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI; grant #5R25CA240120-04), the “Cancer Prevention and Control (CAPAC) Research Training Program” will be hosted by the University of Puerto Rico Comprehensive Cancer Center from May 30, 2023 to August 4, 2023 in Puerto Rico. Our program aims to increase the pool of graduate students and recent graduates to pursue a doctoral degree and/or a career in cancer prevention and control research, with a focus on Hispanic health and health disparities.

CAPAC will recruit the third cohort of trainees for a total of 25 graduate/health professions students and recent graduates from all racial/ethnic groups and cultural backgrounds to participate in a 10-week hands-on full-time research experience in Puerto Rico under the supervision of an assigned research mentor, based on the trainee’s interest. Some of these trainees, prior to approval by the program management and the mentor, might extend their experience for up to 15 weeks. The program will also provide seminars and workshops for the trainees. You will find more information about our program at http://www.cccupr.org/programas/capac-training-program/.

Attached you will find a copy of the promotional material; the application period is open from November 1, 2022 to January 23, 2023. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact CAPAC Coordinator, Camila V. Elías Arroyo, at 787-772-8300 ext. 1421/1419 or capac@cccupr.org

Requirements For Applicants

Successful applicants must comply with the following requirements:

  • Master level graduate students (from public health or biomedical sciences programs),* Health professional students (i.e. Medicine [MD], Dental Medicine [DMD], Pharmacy [Msc or PharmD], Nursing [MSN or DNP], etc.),* OR persons that have recently graduated from any of these programs (within the past 12 months).
  • ≥ 2.8 grade point average
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Research experience
  • Excellent written and communication skills in English
  • Basic knowledge of Spanish language is highly recommended
  • US citizen or US legal resident

*Students must have completed 1st year of graduate studies by the start of the CAPAC program. Current doctoral students (for example, PhD or DrPH) or those already accepted into doctoral programs (for example, PhD or DrPH) will not be eligible..



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