Northeastern University

Perform hands-on research in an

NCI-funded lab

Frequently Asked Questions

Our job posting and application form can be found on NUWorks.  We accept applications at the start of each Fall and Spring term for the following co-op cycle.

We accept applications on a rolling basis. Your application will be reviewed as soon as it is received. Our positions do fill quickly, so we suggest applying as early as possible the semester before your co-op.

CaNCURE is open to co-op eligible Northeastern undergraduate students only. You must be U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Our funding does not support international students or graduate students at this time.

All of our co-ops are located within the Boston Metro area and are accessible by public transport. Our students perform research at one (or occasionally 2) research lab(s) of our participating mentors. Where you will work will depend on the mentor you are matched with.

We pay a total of $12k for a full-time, 6-month co-op position. This includes $9k of subsistence, $2k of housing, and $1k of travel/research research expenses.

Diversity, inclusion, and equity are the core values upon which this program has been built. CaNCURE is committed to providing a climate of excellence and inclusiveness.

This is a highly individualized process. After you are accepted into the program, you will meet with CaNCURE staff to discuss your research interests, career goals, areas of expertise, and mentoring needs. We have a very diverse pool of mentors that we can pick from to find the perfect match for you!

Yes. Once are matched with a prospective mentor, you will have the chance to meet the mentor and make sure that their lab is a good fit for you. This first meeting is a great opportunity for you to describe what you hope to get out of the co-op experience, so that you and your mentor can mutually agree on a research project.

We typically start the mentor matching process around mid-semester, once all our new trainees are accepted into the program. After our mentor-matching meeting, we will reach out to your prospective mentor and setup a meeting for you. Please be patient if you don’t hear back from us right away, this matching process can take up to several weeks. Our goal is to have you matched at least 6 weeks before the start of the co-op, in order to allow time for hospital on-boarding.

Absolutely! Over half of our trainees continue to perform research in some capacity. If you would like to earn NU credits for this research, you have the option to do a Directed Study, Capstone Project, or Senior Thesis. Please reach out to us if you are interested — the CaNCURE staff can serve as NU faculty leads for off-site research! We have also had trainees stay on in both volunteer and paid positions. In our experience, mentors invest a lot of time and effort in training students, so they would love to see you stay!

For sure!  We offer 6 different courses in nanomedicine, including a directed study for undergrads.  All of the courses are offered through COS under the designation NNMD.  You can find more info in the course catalog. If you are considering post-bacc studies, we offer a Graduate Certificate in Nanomedicine.

We are unfortunately not able to offer volunteer positions at this time.  You are welcome to participate in our year-round seminar series if you want to learn more about cancer nanomedicine. We also suggest looking at the CURE and SPARC training programs offered by our partners at DFCI.