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

1.     What requirements must I meet in order to apply?    

    Be an underrepresented and/or minority, or low-income, college student.

    Undergraduate freshman, sophomore, or junior.

    Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA 

    Contemplating a career in biomedical-related sciences.

    Successful completion of college-level biology and/or introductory chemistry.


2.     When is the application deadline?

    Application is due March 01, 2018


3.     When will I find out when I got in or not?

    You can expect to hear from us end of April 2018.


4.     When does the program begin/end?

We have two program schedules to accommodate students on either the quarter or semester system.

            Semester system

            o        Program begins: May 21st, 2018

            o        Program ends: August 10th, 2018

            Quarter system

            o        Program begins: June 18th, 2018

            o        Program ends: September 7th, 2018


5.     Do I have to have prior research experience?

    No prior research experience is necessary.


6.     Where do I send supplemental application materials (Letters of Recommendation, Transcripts, etc)

Mail: CDU- Division of Cancer Research and Training

          ATTN: Milena Pavlova (UCRTP)

          1731 East 120th Street, LSRNE S227

          Los Angeles, CA 90059



7.    Who can write letters of recommendation? Can family members write letters of recommendation?

Professors, supervisors, mentors, etc.- anyone who can accurately evaluate your strengths. Family members cannot write letters of recommendation.


8.     Is there an interview process?

There is no interview process.


9.     Is housing available?

UCRTP does not provide housing for students.


10. What if I live out of state? Do I get reimbursed for travel expenses?

Out of state students are not reimbursed for travel expenses.


11. Since housing is not available, is a housing allowance provided?

Housing allowances are not provided.


12. How much does the program cost?

 The program does not have a cost for students.