CaNCURE Mission

CaNCURE was established in 2014, with a $1.15M training grant from the NCI, to train undergraduate students in research at the interface of nanotechnology, cancer biology, and medicine. The program provides a hands-on research experience and one-on-one mentoring by leading Boston researchers in cancer nanomedicine.  This program is specifically designed for engineers and scientists with an interest in performing cancer or nanomedicine research.

Northeastern University is a world-leader in practice-oriented undergraduate education.  CaNCURE combines NEU’s co-op model with the extensive research infrastructure at NEU and Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center to create a training program specialized in cancer nanomedicine.

By providing trainees with a rich set of opportunities to develop scientific and professional skills, we hope to encourage the next generation of scientists and clinicians to pursue a career in cancer research or cancer medicine.


CaNCURE Experience

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.


Become a trainee

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

  1. Interest in cancer research, with a focus on cancer nanomedicine
  2. Academic and extracurricular achievements
  3. Recommendation from co-op mentor or STEM course instructor

A total of 75 students will be trained over 5 years. Participants will receive stipend support.  We accept applications at the start of each semester for the following co-op cycle.  Interested students should consult NU Careers to view the job description and download the application.  Applications are due in October and February of each year.  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.

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