Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (CURE) Program

The CURE program introduces high school and college students from

underrepresented populations to the world of cancer research by placing them in real research settings at local cancer research institutions. Our goal is to encourage students to pursue future careers in the biosciences—particularly cancer research—giving practical meaning to academic course work and to expand and extend their interest in basic, clinical and/or population science research. At the same time, students make a valuable contribution to the DF/HCC research mission. By participating in a program at DF/HCC—an NCI comprehensive cancer center with more than 1100 researchers across seven Harvard institutions—students will learn from experts who are devoted to preventing, treating and curing cancer.

A CURE program article from a previous year can be viewed here. View the 2016 CURE Scientific Presentations program booklet highlighting research abstracts from last summer's participants.


  • August 24, 2017 – Cancer Disparities

    On August 8-10, 2017, the 35 students who participated in the program this year presented their final research projects during two afternoons of oral presentations and an afternoon electronic poster presentation session....

  • July 31, 2017 – Cancer Disparities

    On Wednesday, July 12, students and Boston-area health and life science professionals gathered at Dana-Farber for a night of learning and networking. 165 students participating in Harvard-affiliated summer programs...

  • July 05, 2017 – Event Highlight

    For the first time in CURE program history, Boston-based CURE students extended their network internationally by working with Paris-based students participating in Les Cordées de la Réussite program at University...