CURE Research Experience Program at Harvard Cancer Center

Boston, MA.
Type Academic Enrichment, Basic Science Research, High School Students


The CURE program introduces high school and college students from underrepresented populations to the world of cancer research by placing them in real research settings at local cancer research institutions. Our goal is to encourage students to pursue future careers in the biosciences—particularly cancer research—giving practical meaning to academic course work and to expand and extend their interest in basic, clinical and/or population science research. At the same time, students make a valuable contribution to the DF/HCC research mission. By participating in a program at DF/HCC—an NCI comprehensive cancer center with more than 1100 researchers across seven Harvard institutions—students will learn from experts who are devoted to preventing, treating and curing cancer.


  • Be a high school sophomore, junior or senior OR be a college undergraduate
  • Be at least 16 years old as of the start of the program
  • Be an MA resident or attend school in MA
  • Be an US citizen or a permanent resident
  • Be at least one of the following:
    • From a racial/ethnic group that is underrepresented in the sciences*
    • A first generation college student
    • Economically disadvantaged
  • Show a strong interest and ability in science
  • Have an interest in pursuing a biomedical or health-related research career
  • Be able to commit to an 8 week (high school students) or a 10 week (undergraduate students) full-time summer experience

*Underrepresented minorities in the sciences include Blacks, Hispanics, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders