The CUPID program will take place in the Summer 2023, ending on July 28, 2023. Start dates are flexible, and are based on each student's academic calendar.

The Cancer in the Under-Privileged, Indigent, or Disadvantaged (CUPID) Summer Translational Oncology Program

Addressing Cancer Research and Health Disparities through CUPID

The mission of CUPID (Cancer in the Under-Privileged Indigent or Disadvantaged) to address the impending shortage of practicing oncologists within the US, and to cultivate an interest in cancer treatment and research among medical students who have not yet fully defined their career plans. The program will include formal lectures discussing health care disparities, general oncologic principles, and specific diseases prevalent in underserved populations. Students may choose their location of preference* and then decide to select an alternative location as back-up. The number of fellowships at each of the sites is limited and admission will be highly competitive. One important goal of the program is to reach out to students at institutions that are not affiliated with an NCI-designated cancer center. Accordingly, such students will be prioritized.

*The Ohio location is limited to medical students who are currently attending The Ohio State University. Ohio residents attending other US Medical Schools may apply to Johns Hopkins or Indiana locations.

 CUPID Program Dates

05-30-2023 - 07-28-2023

Registration Opens: 12-15-2022
Registration Closes: 02-08-2023


 Things you'll need to apply

  • You will need your resume or CV
  • Personal Statement (500 words or less) – When writing your summary, please be sure to address the following:
    • CUPID's goal is to bring together students with demonstrated experience in addressing health care disparities so that they might learn from each other. What unique experiences or attributes do you have that will enrich the program?
    • How might the CUPID program further your career goals?
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  • Names and emails of two references
    • One reference should be from an institutional official (medical school dean or registrar) who can comment on your academic record and/or provide a letter of good standing.
    • The second reference should be an individual qualified to comment on your dedication to service and/or your enthusiasm for research. Upon submission of your application, a confirmation message and a link for your referees will be sent to your email address. Please copy the link and send it to your referees to upload their reference letters. Note: A link will be sent only if both referee names are completed.