Cancer Research Training and Education

research trainingCancer research education, training and career enhancement activities at Rutgers Cancer Institute encompass a broad spectrum of formal training programs, seminars, conferences and educational events spanning the academic continuum from middle school through postgraduate with career enhancement continuing to include faculty.

The Office of Education and Training works closely with the leadership and program directors at Rutgers Cancer Institute, Rutgers University and, in some cases, other institutions:

  • To develop and implement programs that leverage the strength of Rutgers Cancer Institute in training the next generation of basic, clinical, and population researchers and the broad-based population
  • To provide Rutgers Cancer Institute-supported seminars, conferences and retreats to impart the most up to date information for the education of trainees, faculty, and the community
  • To provide state-of-the art career enhancement opportunities to Rutgers Cancer Institute faculty

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Rutgers Cancer Institute Training Programs and Activities

Cancer Metabolism and Growth and Tumor Host Interactions T32 Training Grant

This program leverages these unique research strengths and resources of Rutgers Cancer Institute to provide training in translational research in Cancer Metabolism and Growth and Tumor Host Interactions. The primary goal of this T32 training program is to provide postdoctoral candidates with the highest quality training and research experience so that they are competitive in developing research careers in academia, government, and the private sector.

Scholars and Early Stage Advancement (SEA) Initiative 

This initiative identifies, recruits, and supports post-doctoral and graduate-level scholars from underserved groups. Activities include a monthly professional development series, as well as additional opportunities for networking and mentoring.

CURE student research

Oncology Physician Training Initiative to Maximize Diversity (OPTIM)

First year Medical Students from underrepresented groups are invited to apply for a unique summer experience to explore a career in the field of oncology while giving back to their community.  Applicants should have an interest in obtaining experience in a clinical field of oncology (medical, surgical or radiation oncology), clinical and translational oncology research, as well as a desire to contribute to developing the next generation of clinicians and scientists by serving as mentors to youth from underrepresented groups in the Rutgers University Youth Enjoy Science (RUYES) program.

Rutgers University Youth Enjoy Science (RUYES)

The Rutgers University Youth Enjoy Science (RUYES) program seeks to encourage youth from groups that are underrepresented in the biomedical sciences to pursue cancer research and healthcare careers. 

Biology of Cancer, Online Education Connecting Teens (BioCONECT)

BioCONECT is an integrated curriculum supplement that enhances learning by encouraging students to transfer their knowledge of biology and genetics to real-life situations using breast cancer as the context. The overall goal of the curriculum is to improve science skills and increase awareness of breast cancer among high school students.

BOLDBioCONECT Oncology Leadership Development (BOLD) Initiative

BOLD is unique week-long summer learning opportunity for students who have an interest in learning about cellular biology and genetics of cancer, as well as the diverse careers connected to the field.

Cancer Immunotherapy Internship Program (CIIP)

This internship program supports undergraduate academic and research training to help ensure that a diverse and highly trained workforce is available to assume leadership roles in Cancer Immunotherapy and Immune Monitoring research.

Clinical Postgraduate (post-MD) Training Programs and Fellowships

Collaborative Training Programs

Joint Ludwig Princeton and Rutgers Cancer Institute Summer Internship Program

The joint Ludwig Princeton and Rutgers Cancer Institute summer internship program will provide hands-on training to conduct research on the molecular events leading to the onset and progression of cancer. In addition to participating in cutting edge cancer research in laboratories at Princeton University or Rutgers Cancer Institute, students will have opportunities to attend lectures by cancer researchers. 

Princeton University’s Internships in Global Health Program

Each summer, the Rutgers Cancer Institute hosts Princeton University students as summer research assistant interns through the Princeton Center for Health and Wellbeing’s Internships in Global Health Program. This partnership provides Princeton University students the opportunity to make valuable contributions to research projects geared towards improving cancer health equity.

Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Princeton University MD-PhD Program

This program draws on the diverse strengths and resources of the premier private and public research institutions and healthcare centers in central New Jersey to facilitate a unique academic environment in which students can hone and integrate their clinical and research acumen. 

Rutgers Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity (IMSD)

The goal of this program is to increase opportunities for and the success of PhD students from groups historically under-represented in the biological/biomedical sciences.

Rutgers University iJOBS Program (Predoctoral and Postdoctoral)

This program exposes life science PhD students and postdoctoral students to non-academic career options and empowers them to pursue their career goals. The iJOBS programming has now expanded to all campuses of Rutgers University as well as Princeton University, Rowan University, New Jersey Institute of Technology and Stevens Institute of Technology. iJOBS offers programming to broaden trainee's perspectives, experiences, and knowledge to facilitate pursuit of research and research-related academic or private sector careers.