High School and Undergraduate Programs


The HICCC CURE program encourages high school and undergraduate students to pursue careers in cancer research and provides mentorship. This pipeline program aims to strengthen the pool of underrepresented minorities, economically disadvantaged groups, and first-generation college students entering into cancer-related research fields.  To realize our goals, during the summer students gain hands-on cancer research experiences in basic, clinical, or population sciences and participate in director-led training activities.

Undergraduate Only


The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) is a summer research training program for undergraduates enrolled at Columbia College, Barnard College, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, or the School of General Studies. Prospective trainees apply after identifying a Columbia University faculty member who has agreed to mentor them in a biology-related research project. Non-Columbia students admitted through the Amgen Scholars Program, the Genentech Fellowship or the Simons Fellowship with a Columbia University faculty mentor are admitted to SURF at Columbia. The program is administered by the Department of Biological Sciences at Columbia University with institutional support provided by Columbia College, Barnard College, the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences of Columbia University, CUIMC, and the Columbia School of General Studies. Financial support is also provided by the Amgen Foundation, the Genentech Foundation, and the Simons Foundation.

In 2019, 18 of 68 SURF participants were mentored by HICCC members.


Program to Inspire Minority Undergraduates in Environmental Health Science Research (PrIMER) is run by the Environmental Health Sciences Department of the Mailman School of Public Health and is funded by NIEHS R25ES025505. The Program provides a research experience in environmental health science with a stipend to undergraduates from underrepresented populations in the U.S. biomedical, clinical, behavioral and social sciences research enterprise beginning June before their junior year through December of their senior year.