For Students

DF/HCC is committed to building the most diverse and well-trained cancer research workforce in the world. Our member institutions— Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Massachusetts General Hospital—offer a variety of innovative programs and training opportunities to attract the best and the brightest to careers in cancer research, treatment, and care.

The CURE Program introduces high-school and undergraduate students from underrepresented minority populations to the world of cancer research in real research settings, to expand and extend their interest in basic, clinical and/or population science research. Students choose between a summer-only or two-year track.

A CURE program article from a previous year can be viewed here. View the 2014 CURE Scientific Presentations program booklet highlighting research abstracts from last summer's participants.

What students have to say about CURE

The CURE experience [is] an enriching experience that elevates not only your knowledge in the field of research but your confidence as an individual, knowing that you have a foot in the door to becoming an established scientist who will move and change lives and the way we view the disease known as cancer.
- Alberta Okundaye

The CURE program has helped me solidify my interest in the biomedical field [and has] fostered my aspirations to conduct cancer research in the future.
- Luis Pena

My CURE experience was honestly the best, most well-spent summer of my life so far. CURE has introduced me to and has made me very interested in a career in cancer research. The hands-on research and supplemental programs made the internship a very rewarding experience.
- Gregory Galanti

I came into my research environment knowing very little about the field and was scared that I would not be able to handle it, but my mentors were willing to teach me everything ... Besides learning about research, meeting professionals in their field, and working on my project, I get to go on some cool field trips, make friends over the summers, and have lots of fun being around people who have the same passion as I do. 
- Irene Wong

To me, this experience was unlike any other opportunity of any of the other research programs that I investigated before applying to the CURE program. It gave students great career advancing opportunities and truly felt engaging and fulfilling.
- Sindy Ortiz Pimentel