Cancer Prevention Interdisciplinary Education Program (CPIP)

What is the CPIP program?

The Cancer Prevention Interdisciplinary Education Program is a program for which faculty were funded for five years by the National Cancer Institute funded program to partner with the Oncological Sciences Center and the Discovery Learning Center. The program provides support and curricular activities for undergraduate and graduate students with the goal of attracting and training researchers in the area of cancer prevention. The program, with rigorous outcome assessments, exposes students early in their academic careers to the broad aspects of cancer prevention, from basic science and engineering to behavioral and social sciences to better equip students to include interdisciplinary strategies on their own. The program is designed to support research activities, and provide educational and research opportunities that will support continued student interests and maximize abilities to advance cancer prevention research, including enhance the ability of the students to work in interdisciplinary teams. These efforts to train students will provide a new pool of researchers that will aid in encouraging optimal progress in cancer prevention research, ultimately to significantly reducing the development of cancers and subsequent cancer deaths.


The Cancer Prevention Interdisciplinary Education Program (CPIP) is a National Cancer Institute - funded education program that builds on the focus and expertise of cancer prevention interdisciplinary research at Purdue University. The program provides support for three graduate fellowships and 10 undergraduate to participate in the internship program.

The CPIP is an undergraduate and graduate interdisciplinary program in cancer prevention designed to:

  • Increase interest in the pursuit of graduate studies and subsequent careers in cancer prevention research;
  • Provide exposure to all aspects of the field at a critical time to prepare students to better approach research problems,
  • Prepare these students for successful careers in cancer prevention research.

Graduate Fellowship Program

Application submission is open for the Purdue Cancer Prevention Internship Program graduate student fellowships. Fellowships are available to fund 1 year stipend, beginning in June 2015, and tuition to predoctoral students who have cancer prevention as a focus of their dissertation research, from either the college of Health and Human Science or Liberal Arts. The internship includes curricular and extracurricular requirements to introduce students to cross discipline approaches to cancer prevention research and to enhance abilities in interdisciplinary communication and research teams.

Application deadline is March 27th, 2015. All required documents should be sent as a single PDF to Kris Swank (, and letters of reference sent directly to Kris. Click here for instructions and forms. Applications can only be from the College of Health and Human Sciences, College of Science or the College of Liberal Arts.

Contact Dorothy Teegarden ( with programmatic questions. Contact Kris Swank ( with questions regarding the application process.

Undergraduate Internship Program

Undergraduates that will create a new pool of scientists who will effectively address research problems in cancer prevention. This program will be administered through the Discovery Undergraduate Research Internship (DURI) program. See for deadline on project submission by faculty and student application process.

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