CRTEC’s training and education initiatives for undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students are designed to engage scientific curiosity in the next generation of scientists, provide opportunities for students to explore cancer-related research as a future career, and fuel the biomedical research pipeline by supporting students in gaining research experience and skills needed to enhance their ability to be accepted to graduate school.
CRTEC strives to fuel the cancer-research pipeline by providing targeted programming to introduce students to cancer research-related careers and give them the opportunity to develop experience and skills at conducting cancer research. Whether it be a summer research experience through CREU (Cancer Research Experience for Undergraduates or a year-round research experience through U-TRAC (Undergraduate Training and Research Achievement in Cancer), undergraduate students in Colorado and across the nation can experience research as they prepare to enter into the cancer research pipeline.
Another CRTEC approach to strengthening the pipeline is to support students who are under-represented in the biomedical sciences field on their journey to becoming accepted into graduate school to conduct scientific research through our R25-funded PIKE-PREP (Preparation in Interdisciplinary Knowledge to Excel) program.
Through the U-TRAC Program, undergraduate students participate in a year-long, paid, mentored cancer-related research experience coupled with training in biomedical concepts, research principles, and career development workshops and lectures.
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The U-TRAC program starts September 1st and runs through the entire school year. U-TRAC students are encouraged to continue working in the lab throughout the summer and will have the option to continue into a second year of research.
Interested rising sophomores and/or juniors are encouraged to apply. The application deadline is August 1st. To begin your application to U-TRAC, click the Apply Now button below. You may start an application, save it, and return at a later date if needed.
For more information, or for questions, please contact CRTEC@cuanschutz.edu.
The mission of the University of Colorado (CU) Anschutz Medical Campus PIKE-PREP program is to offer a year-long multi-dimensional mentoring and research training experience to prepare underrepresented post-baccalaureate students to enroll and succeed in a top-tier PhD or MD-PhD program and commit to a career in biomedical research.
To achieve this mission, PIKE-PREP program participants will:
CC2STEM is a mentorship program that connects CU with neighboring community colleges. The specific goals for this program are to 1) pair under-represented (UR) students at community colleges with graduate student mentors for career guidance and transfer support; 2) host workshops that provide opportunities for students to share their stories and learn about STEM careers; 3) provide summer research internships that allow UR community college students to gain hands-on experiences that can develop confidence and excitement about future careers in science.
For more information, please email: CRTEC@cuanschutz.edu