Cancer Prevention Interdisciplinary Education Program (CPIP)

Program Overview

The program supports both undergraduates and graduates in research opportunities focused on cancer prevention across a broad interdisciplinary areas with a goal of attracting young scientists to the field of cancer prevention. These young scientists will be exposed to issues relevant to cancer prevention across disciplines and professional development in order to develop a new pool of scientists who can work effectively in interdisciplinary teams and lead efforts to advance cancer prevention research efforts to contribute to enhancing cancer prevention strategies and significantly reducing cancer incidence and deaths.

Financial Support

Students will be supported in cancer prevention research

Graduate fellows will receive a full year stipend. Interested students should apply through the Oncological Sciences Center Prevention Fellowship Program at

Undergraduates will receive a stipend for summer research ($4500) in a laboratory. During the following academic year, participating students will continue research in the matched laboratory, and receive a $500/semester scholarship. Interested students apply in the Spring semester through the Discovery Learning Center in conjunction with the Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship (DURI) program at

Requirements During Internship

CPIP Seminar Course Undergraduate and graduate students attend the Cancer Prevention Internship Program Seminar (1 credit)

Community Outreach: Undergraduate students will also participate in a service learning experience that will contribute to reducing the burden of cancer in Indiana. The issues of cancer prevention provide a rich and exciting set of opportunities for community partnerships within the local community.

Other Requirements for Doctoral students

Two cancer-relevant courses in their plan of study. Professional Development Required Courses:
  • Grant writing course or experience. Options will be considered to meet this requirement with approval from the CPIP advisory committee.
  • Training in ethics. An example is ENTM 612, Responsible Conduct of Research, 1 credit. Alternatively, students may complete CITI training online In addition, depending on the area of expertise of the student, students may be required to complete other online training as determined by the CPIP advisory committee.

Other Required Activities

During the fellowship period, attend Cancer Prevention and Control events designed to foster interdisciplinary collaborations and provide a broad perspective of cancer prevention research

  • Four of the seminars of the Cancer Prevention and Control Seminar Series.
  • Program retreats (one/semester) including poster presentation (when offered) of fellowship supported cancer prevention research at the retreats.
  • Four meetings of the Cancer Research Clinical Partnership program

Attend a national or regional conference or scientific meeting during fellowship tenure with at least partial CPIP support.

  • Prepare and submit an abstract to a national meeting.

Attend the American Society for Preventive Oncology, an NIH meeting with a specific invitation for our trainees. The meeting is held in the Spring semester and financial support is available.

Participate in networking events with CPIP interns and research team, including research events held at the end of each semester.

  • Oral and poster presentations by CPIP fellows that record research progress to date.
  • Participate in program evaluation
  • Submit written progress report at the conclusion of each semester
  • Detail accomplishments to date and plans for the next semester
  • Participate in formal assessment of program