Duke PRIME-Cancer Research Program

Thanks to support from the National Cancer Institute, the Duke PRIME-Cancer Research Program is committed to:

  • providing students with mentored experiences in cancer research; and,
  • equipping students with the skills, knowledge, and networks to compete and thrive in cancer research careers.

Scholars will be matched with a faculty mentor who is conducting world-class cancer research. Match will be tailored to each scholar-mentor pair based on Scholar interests. Scholars will conduct independent research related to the lab’s ongoing projects and will be mentored by a team from multiple learner levels, including faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students. 

Duke PRIME-Cancer Research Scholars will participate in complementary activities to support career readiness, including building research skills, additional cancer biology content, and professional development. They will participate in seminars, workshops, poster presentations, and programming that supports graduate school preparedness. Scholars will continue to virtually engage in structured professional development opportunities with their cohort throughout the following academic year.

Students who complete the PRIME-Cancer Research Program will be eligible to apply for an opportunity to return to the program as a peer-to-peer mentor the following summer. Peer-to-Peer Mentors have the opportunity to continue their research experiences while providing guidance to the incoming cohort of student participants.

Eligibility: Duke PRIME-Cancer Research Program participants must be rising junior or senior undergraduate students from an accredited U.S. University with a strong academic record (minimum GPA 3.3) and interest in pursuing biomedical research training.

Duke PRIME-Cancer Research Program participants must be U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents.

For inquiries related to the PRIME-Cancer program, please email prime_cancer@duke.edu.