Continuing Umbrella of Research Experience (CURE)

The application deadline is now closed.


You are eligible to apply if you meet all four qualifications:

  1. Freshman entering UC San Diego for Fall 2018.
  2. Majoring in basic science, social science, engineering, pre-med, psychology, computer science, etc.
  3. Us citizen of permanent resident.
  4. Meet at least one of these three qualifications below:
    • Be of African American, Hispanic American, Native American/Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian, Tongan, Samoan, Guamanian or other Pacific Islander descent.
    • Been on the Federal public school lunch program and/or come from a financially disadvantaged family.
    • Be a child of parent(s)/guardian(s) who did not graduate from a four-year college in the United States.

Program Dates:

Eight Week Program – 

The Program will run from June 24, 2019 to August 16, 2019

This 8-week internship will begin the summer before you enter UC San Diego. The Program teaches aspiring undergraduate scientists about cancer and how disparities can influence cancer outcomes. Students are trained in bio-behavioral science labs where they learn about the scientific process through hands-on learning. Students gain a theoretical understanding of how cancer disparities develop and are sustained. They learn how to conduct research to discover ways to reduce cancer-linked disparities.

Students also learn how to conduct an in-depth analysis of the relevant scientific literature on their research topic, how to prepare an abstract for submission to a national scientific conference, and prepare a poster for presentation at a national conference. If the abstract they submit for the national scientific conference is accepted for presentation, they will be offered the travel funds needed to attend the conference.

In addition, students will be offered continued mentoring and guidance by the program faculty throughout the remainder of their undergraduate years at UC San Diego and SDSU. Students participating in the summer program are paid $400 a week for 40 hours per week over the eight-week summer program.

Since the National Institutes of Health funds our training program with the goal of increasing the diversity of future scientists and clinicians, it requires that we gather data from our student trainees to evaluate the effectiveness of our education program. For this reason, only students who provide their signed consent to participate in the program’s evaluation can participate in the training program.


$3,200 ($400/week)

Plus possible Travel Scholarship Funding to Attend a Scientific Conference


Unfortunately, our program does not have the financial capacity to provide housing. Below are some resources to help find affordable housing, sublets, roommates seeking roommates, and so forth. 

On-campus housing:

Shared Research Housing spaces for summer 2019 are available between June 22nd and September 2nd. The on-campus housing program is unable to accommodate any request for housing outside of these dates. The location of the housing will be on the UC San Diego campus in the Eleanor Roosevelt Campus apartments. Each guest will select a Double Occupancy/Shared bedroom at the rate of $45.00 per night, per guest (no meals will be included). There will be cleaning once a week in common areas and basic kitchen supplies are provided.

If you are interested in making a reservation, please complete the online request located here:

Be sure to carefully read all the information in landing page before moving forward. For more information, please contact Joe Fejeran at (858) 534 –  0235 or you can email

Off-campus housing:

Below are links to off-campus housing/student commuter services (NOTE: websites may not have been updated):

Blink Housing Resources:

How to search for Off-Campus Housing:

Information about Off-Campus Housing:

UC San Diego Rentals (Smart Phone App):

Facebook UC San Diego Free & For Sale Groups: and groups/UCSDHousing/

We advise you to take some time to visit and read the information provided on the websites above as they contain a plethora of good information, advice, and tools for finding the right housing option.


For more information, please contact:

Dr. Georgia Robins Sadler at (858) 534- 7611 or

To learn more about the application deadlines, the Program, housing options for out-of-city students, and to download the application and Consent Document, please go to:

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