Reuel A. Stallones Building in the Texas Medical Center in Houston
At six campuses across Texas, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health works to improve the state of public health in Texas every day. Each of our campuses is strategically placed to meet the public health education and research needs of the diverse populations across Texas. UTHealth School of Public Health is the only school of public health in the nation with regional campuses.
The main campus, located in the heart of Houston’s Texas Medical Center, offers students unmatched opportunities for research and employment. The School of Public Health’s five regional campuses are in Austin, Brownville, Dallas, El Paso and San Antonio. Each campus has its own faculty and research specialties. Students can attend class at any of the six campuses via Interactive Television (ITV).
UTHealth School of Public Health is one of six schools of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), the most comprehensive academic health system in The University of Texas System and the U.S. Gulf Coast region. In addition to the School of Public Health, UTHealth is home to schools of biomedical informatics, biomedical sciences, dentistry, medicine and nursing. It also includes a psychiatric hospital, multiple institutes and centers, a growing network of clinics and outreach programs in education and care throughout the region.
The School of Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) and the university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
Summer Undergraduate Innovation in Cancer Prevention Research Fellowship
Welcome to the Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT)-UTHealth Fellowship in Innovation for Cancer Prevention Research (ICPR) – UTHealth’s training program for undergraduates, pre- and post-doctoral fellowships in cancer prevention. This program goes beyond being a quality cancer education and career development program to focus on helping those seeking a career in cancer prevention and control research to learn to ask the important research questions, apply cutting-edge methods, and move the field of cancer forward.
Contact Olusegun Popoola, MD, MPH, 713-500-9617, for further information.
An Innovative Summer
Do you like to think outside of the box?
We want to get you interested in innovative cancer prevention research as a career.
Application for the 2018 Summer fellowship!
The application will be active from December 1, 2017, to February 7, 2018!
The program is generously funded by the UTHealth Innovation in Cancer Prevention & Research Training Program (Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas grant #RP140103). The CPRIT program was created in 2007 as part of a voter-approved constitutional amendment authorizing the state to issue $3 billion in bonds to fund groundbreaking cancer research and prevention programs and services in Texas.
You can find out more about CPRIT at their website:
I have served as the mentor for three CPRIT undergraduate students over the past two years. It has been a very rewarding experience for both me and the summer students who worked in my lab. The CPRIT program allows the mentor and the students to work on biomedical research of their interests. All my CPRIT summer students were able to complete research projects that lead to peer-reviewed full articles.
Yang Gong, MD, PhD
During 2015 summer, we actively engaged in the program and recruited a rising sophomore in Computer Science at UT Austin to our Patient Safety project. The experience stimulated enthusiasm for scientific research, which will be helpful for determining her career goal. On the other hand, her participation brought novel ideas to our project and accelerated our research progress.
Kayo Fujimoto, PhD
My CPRIT fellows were great. They were very creative, action-oriented, and hard workers. They contributed significantly to adding different perspectives/components to the operation of my projects. Specifically, they created a video that introduces our study to participants, set up the study's twitter and Facebook accounts, and study website. They also actively participated in weekly project meetings proposing new ideas and expressing their opinions. I believe that CPRIT summer program provides fellows with great opportunities to think creatively, implement their ideas, and learn how research is conducted, while tackling challenging issues encounter in project operations.
Select publications by previous Summer undergraduates
Rebecca Lin*, Muhammad Tuan Amith, Chen Liang, Cui Tao, "Designing an ontology for emotion-driven visual representations", 2017 IEEE International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedicine (BIBM), pp. 1280-1283, 2017, doi:10.1109/BIBM.2017.8217844
Henry Chen*, JingchengDu, Hsing-Yi Song, Xiangyu Liu, Guoqian Jiang, Cui Tao, Ontological Representation of Time-Relevant Common Data Elements in the Cancer Data Standards Repository, JMIR Medical Informatics (in press)
Haidar, A., Carey, F., Ranjit, N., Archer, N., & Hoelscher, D. (2017). Self-reported use of nutrition labels to make food choices is associated with healthier dietary behaviours in adolescents. Public Health Nutrition, 1-11. doi:10.1017/S1368980017001252
CL Crowe*, Cui Tao, Designing Ontology-based Patterns for the Representation of the Time-Relevant Eligibility Criteria of Clinical Protocols. AMIA Jt Summits Transl Sci Proc. 2015 Mar 25;2015:173-7. PMID: 26306263
D Wang*, R Cunningham, J Boom, M Amith, C Tao, Towards a HPV vaccine knowledgebase for patient education content, Nursing Informatics (accepted)
* indicates CPRIT summer students.
How to Apply
Click on the link in the box to the right to download the application form and instructions.
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Application will be available on December 1st, 2017
All Letters of Recommendation are due no later than February 10, 2018
Finalist will be notified on February 28, 2018
Fellowship start date and sign-up (on-site): June 4, 2018
If you have additional questions or would like more information about CPRIT Summer Undergraduate Research, please contact:
Olusegun Popoola, MD, MPH Division of Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences 7000 Fannin Street Suite 2554H Houston, TX 77030 Phone 713-500-9617 Email: CPRITsummer@uth.tmc.edu
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Frequently Asked Questions by Applicants
Q: Who is eligible to apply?
A: All undergraduate students in colleges and Universities across the United States.
Q: What writing samples should I submit?
A: Your personal statement should at least detail your experience, why you are interested in the fellowship and what you hope to do with the experience in the future.
Q: Can I apply if I have a G.P.A of less than 3.5?
A: Yes you can. Any GPA above 3.0 will be considered along with your entire application packet.
Q: Can I submit unofficial transcripts?
A: Unofficial transcripts will suffice during the review of your application. If accepted to the fellowship, official transcripts will be required before you can be appointed. If you believe your official transcript will not arrive before the deadline, we suggest submitting unofficial transcripts with your application. Request official transcripts from your university as soon as possible.
Q: I am an international student on F1 visa. Can I apply for this fellowship?
A: Yes. International students currently enrolled in a US college or university can also apply. After acceptance into the program you will be required to apply for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) from the office of international affairs in your home institution.
Q: Can I submit letters of recommendation, or do they have to be sent directly by the recommender?
A: All letters of recommendation should be sent to email@example.com by the writer. Although we may accept letters sent directly by you, this practice is strongly discouraged.
Q: Do all materials need to be sent electronically?
A: Yes. The application should be sent in as a pdf document. Submit electronically to: CPRITsummer@uth.tmc.edu. Please follow the directions listed on the application regarding the naming convention of files. Official transcripts may either be emailed (if your institution participates in this practice) or sent directly to:
Olusegun Popoola, MD, MPH
UTHealth School of Public Health
7000 Fannin, UCT 2554H
Houston, TX 77030
Q: I was selected as a semifinalist. What does that mean?
A: It means that you have been selected to participate in the Interviews that will be conducted by the faculty mentor. The mentors and their individual projects will be listed on the website under the tab: Research Opp details. At this point, you can contact the faculty via email to show interest in their project.