Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

Who is eligible for the CUPID Summer Fellowship Program?

All students currently enrolled in the first year of an accredited medical school program in the US or in a US territory are eligible to apply, provided they are academically in good standing.

My school is affiliated with an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center. Can I still apply?

Yes! However, the number of slots available to you is limited by the grant that funds the program.

How do I complete and submit an application?

You must complete your application online at the CUPID-STOP Website, according to the instructions provided. Applications will not be accepted by mail. The application deadline is February 3, 2017. Late applications will not be considered.

Where are program activities located?

Students will be assigned to one of two sites: The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions located in East Baltimore or Indiana University in Indianapolis.

Do both sites run the same program?

Yes. While each institution will emphasizes its unique strengths, all didactic sessions and conferences will be shared by videoconference.

Can I pick which site I attend?

You can apply to one site or to both sites, the choice is up to you. However, if you apply to both sites, you will only be able to be accepted at one of them. We request your preference, but this cannot always be honored.

Do the students in Baltimore and Indianapolis interact with one another?

Yes, in addition to the videoconferences, students will travel to a common site during the program to meet, interact and network.  More information will be provided to invitees.

Does the program provide housing?

Yes. We are unfortunately unable to provide housing for students wishing to live with their partner/spouse during the fellowship. Accepted students must notify the program administrator if they plan to live elsewhere.

Can I bring a car?

Yes, but parking is limited at both sites. The program administrator can provide additional information.

Can I select my mentor?

Are students from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine eligible to apply?

Yes. However, JHU students accepted into the CUPID/STOP program will be funded by the program and will not be eligible for the Dean's stipend.

No, all assignments will be made by the Program Directors after review of the student's application materials. Students are not permitted to contact mentors during the application process.

I prefer a clinical mentor. Is this possible?

Generally not. This is primarily a laboratory-based program. However, all students will participate in half-day clinical rotations in medical, radiation, and surgical oncology, and will have additional opportunities to work in the clinic.

How is the stipend paid?

CUPID fellows are paid a stipend of $5,000 over the 7-week period. Typically, the amount is split over 3 - 4 pay periods. Taxes are not deducted from the stipend checks.

Can I miss time during the program?

All students in the summer program are expected to attend each day for the duration of the program. Excused absences will only be granted on a case-by-case basis.

What is a typical day for the CUPID Fellow?

Students will spend most of each day -as well as some evenings and weekends as needed -working on a laboratory-based research project under the guidance of their mentor and senior lab members. Didactic lectures or journal discussions are held over lunch, which is provided by the program almost every weekday. These sessions will be conducted as teleconferences that connect the Baltimore and Indianapolis sites. Three half-day clinical rotations in medical oncology, radiation oncology, and surgical oncology are scheduled during the 7-week program. Additional rotations may be scheduled depending on student interest and the availability of faculty.

When will I be notified if I am accepted into the program?

Students will be notified via email whether or not they are accepted into the program. We hope to notify JHU and IU students by mid-March. Students will be notified via email regarding the decision process. Ohio students are under a different timeline to be determined.

How is the topic of healthcare disparities incorporated into the laboratory research component?

The laboratory experience is designed to complement the diverse topics discussed in the didactic sessions, and to provide a basic appreciation of the research environment. The assigned projects may or may not directly address scientific issues related to cancer health disparities.