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Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center YES for CURE


Applications Due



Nov 27, 2023

Winter, Spring, Summer

Grade 10, Grade 11, 16 years, 17 years

Financial Access


US Work Eligibility




Program Description

The Young Empowered Scientists for ContinUed Research Engagement (YES for CURE) Program is a three-year training initiative for highly motivated high school and undergraduate students interested in pursuing a career in scientific research. Through engagement in mentored summer research projects, participation in an advanced scientific curriculum during the academic year, and year-round professional skills training, students will acquire scientific knowledge and technical skills, and increase their understanding of how to conduct biomedical research. This initiative is funded through an R25 grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI CA221738).

Program Features:

Extensive program orientation and scientific skills training
Two summers of mentored cancer research experiences at Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center
Experience in composing an abstract and delivering an oral or poster presentation of your research
Networking with students in other research programs, and with research scientists
Seminars on research and professional development topics
Journal club meetings focused on understanding scientific articles
Mentoring and curriculum development experience with middle school students in Boston Public Schools
Opportunity to present research at local and/or national conferences
Summer stipends
Program Start Date: February 20, 2024



Be a high school sophomore or junior or a college freshman or sophomore
Be 16 years at the start of the program
Reside in and/or attend school in Massachusetts and be able to travel to the Longwood Medical Area in Boston five days a week in the summer and several times a month during the academic year.
Meet at least one of the following criteria:
Be from a racial or ethnic group considered underrepresented in the sciences*
Be a first-generation college student
Be from an economically disadvantaged background
Demonstrate a strong interest and ability in science
Show interest in pursuing a biomedical science or health-related career
Be able to commit to THREE YEARS of program participation
*Blacks, Hispanics, Native Americans/Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders.


Completion of an application form
Statement of Interest: A personal statement describing academic and professional interests, interest in the biomedical field, reason for applying to the YES for CURE program and the way(s) in which this experience will help meet your short and long term goals. The typed statement should be a maximum of 500 words.
Official copy of transcript or report card from most current school and year
Current résumé
Letter(s) of Recommendation (maximum of three; one of these letters must be from a science or mathematics teacher/professor).

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