The UF Health Cancer Center is committed to providing education and training in environments suitable to students and investigators at various stages of their cancer research careers.The program seeks to provide the broad perspective of oncology and incorporates opportunities in basic science, population science, and clinical/translational research, with the goal of stimulating interest, providing enriched environments, offering support and guidance, and nurturing the development of future cancer research scientists. Initiatives include:

UFHCC University Scholars Program

The UFHCC University Scholars Program provides a fall-spring semester research opportunity that offers laboratory experience for UF undergraduate students interested in cancer research. Students applying to the program self-select their research interests aligned with the foci of our UFHCC Research Programs. During the course of the year, scholars complete individual research projects and attend weekly seminars. At the end of the program, interns participate in a Research Symposium and give oral presentations on their research projects.

Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences

The Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences seeks to provide a pre-doctoral educational experience that will train experimentalists and scholars for a wide range of careers. The educational goals are to promote biological literacy by providing core and advanced curricula covering key chemical, biological and genetic principles using molecular, cellular and physiological approaches, and to promote scholarship in biomedical science through mentored, original research. Specialized training is available via 8 advanced interdepartmental concentrations.

The Cancer Biology Concentration provides training opportunities in cancer research ranging from basic to translational, spanning many disciplines, including molecular and cell biology, genetics and epigenetics, biochemistry, microbiology, pharmacology, anatomy, pathology, epidemiology, bioinformatics, immunology and others involved in the understanding of the development, progression, dissemination, and treatment of cancer.

Certificate in Cancer: Biology, Epidemiology and Outcomes

The Certificate in Cancer: Biology, Epidemiology and a nine-credit program is designed to meet the educational needs of students and health care professionals interested in gaining a fundamental understanding of cancer biology, cancer risks and prevention activities, as well as the management of cancer and its impact on health outcomes.

UFHCC Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

The objective of the UFHCC Postdoctoral Research Fellowships program is to encourage outstanding graduate students with a demonstrated potential and interest in pursuing careers as independent researchers by facilitating their successful transition to postdoctoral research positions. Eligibility is limited to students who are in the final stages of completing their PhD program and seeking postdoctoral research opportunities for the next stage of establishing a successful career in cancer research.

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