Northeastern University

Join the world’s first

undergraduate research

program in cancer nanomedicine

Interested in learning how nanomedicine is used to detect and treat cancer? Want to get involved in developing new nanotechnologies for the clinic? CaNCURE can provide you with a hands-on research co-op in cancer nanomedicine! If you are thinking about a career in science, engineering, or medicine, come get involved!

A One-of-a-Kind Training Experience

Explore the possibilities of a research experience designed specifically for you!

Cancer, Nanotechnology, & Medicine

CaNCURE was established in 2014, with over $2.3M in funding from the NCI, to provide undergraduate research training at the interface of cancer, nanotechnology and medicine.  We have developed a rich set of scientific and professional development opportunities, which we hope will inspire our trainees to pursue careers in cancer research, medicine, or care.

Trainees perform full-time research for six months in the laboratory of a CaNCURE mentor. Specialized workshops, seminars, and continuing education activities round out each trainee’s research experience. Key components of the CaNCURE program include:

  • Mentoring by a world leader in cancer nanomedicine
  • Hypothesis-driven research within an NCI-funded laboratory
  • Problem-solving as part of a team with graduate students and post-docs
  • Training in responsible conduct of research
  • Professional development through participation in seminars & educational workshops
  • Networking with invited guest speakers
  • Presentation of research findings at local and national conferences

The experience culminates in a CaNCURE Nanomedicine Day, where trainees get to present their research in interactive poster presentations to faculty, students, and researchers interested in nanomedicine.

What our Alumni have to say…

I worked with patients who had cancer or lasting side-effects from radiation treatment.  As someone aiming to enter medical school, participating in CaNCURE and exploring the possibilities behind nanomedicine allowed me to see how cancer treatment is continuing to develop.

Melissa Templeton, MD

Georgetown University Hospital

I don’t think I would have found cancer as a career if it weren’t for this program. CaNCURE was able to take something I could be interested in, and give me the resources and experience to turn it into a career.

Amanda Stroiney, ‘16

MD Candidate at St. George’s University

Become a Trainee

Northeastern University undergraduates who have completed at least one co-op are eligible to apply. Trainees will be selected based on the following criteria:

  1. Interest in cancer research, with a focus on cancer nanomedicine
  2. Motivation for a hands-on research experience
  3. Academic and extracurricular achievements

Trainees will receive stipend support from the National Cancer Institute.  Interested students should consult NU Works to view the job description and download the application.   Women and underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply.

Don’t have research experience yet?  Not a Northeastern student? Check out the summer CURE Program at DF/HCC.

Join CaNCURE for your next co-op

Over 100 NU undergraduates have chosen to complete a co-op with CaNCURE.  Our alumni have successfully landed scholarships to prestigious medical and graduate schools, joined cancer drug development start-ups, and as well as jobs in cancer research and cancer care. It’s not too late to join the world’s first undergraduate program in cancer nanomedicine! We have 8 openings for each Fall and Spring co-op cycle.