Charles Drew University of Medicine And Science - Division of Cancer Research And Training
Graduate - FAQ

1.     What requirements should I meet to apply for the program?

      You should have a graduate degree in biology, medicine, public health, health sciences or some other related field.


2.     Do I need previous cancer research experience?

       There is no requirement of previous research experience or training.


3.     When is the deadline for application?

       Applications are being accepted throughout the year. There is no official deadline.


4.     What is the application process?

       The applications get periodically reviewed by a search committee. The committee will select the interviewees, and subsequently make the final offer decision based on criteria of expertise and experience of candidates, as well as needs of the Division.


5.     Do I need to be a U.S. Citizen?

       No, you do not need to be a U.S. citizen. But you must have legal residence in the U.S.


6.     What are the required forms you need from me?

       We need your current C.V., including a list of your research interests and contact information of three references.


7.     Who should I contact for more information regarding this program?

      May Ong at the Division of Cancer Research and Training, Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science, 1731 East 120th Street, LSRNE S227, Los Angeles, CA 90059 TEL: 323-563-5936 Email:


8.     What is the minimum time commitment?

      It is between 5 to 20 hours per week, depending on the project activities. The minimum number of weeks is 10 weeks.


9.     Is it a paid position?

      No.  Sometimes stipends are available for graduate student interns but this cannot be guaranteed and is on an individual basis.


10.     Do you provide housing? 

        No, we do not provide housing.


11.     How long is the application process? How soon in advance should I apply?

        For year-round research internship, it takes a couple of weeks to complete the application process.


12.     What are possible research areas?

        Research areas include, but not limited to, Identification of biomarkers for early diagnosis and treatment for cancer

         Role of communities in population and health

         Health disparities

         Cancer control and prevention

         Identification of risk factors, including lifestyle features such as obesity

and cancer screening as well as clinical features

         The mechanisms of drug resistance of breast and prostate cancer


13. Is there an interview process?

         Yes, there is an interview, usually by phone.