SPARK provides ten weeks of intensive research study with some of the nation's leading scientists at Moffitt Cancer Center. Approximately 20 students are selected each year to perform a guided research study under the guidance of a qualified mentor in various programs including: Molecular Oncology; Immunology; Drug Discovery; Experimental Therapeutics; Risk Assessment, Detection and Intervention; and Health Outcomes and Behavior.
Selection is based on demonstrated interest in research through prior experience, a written essay and academic performance, along with recommendations from teachers or faculty members with preference given to advanced students. Participation in the SPARK program is limited to two years. Admission to the program is determined by a committee of faculty members and their decision is final. Admission to the program is highly competitive. Because of the volume of applications, it is not possible to provide feedback to those individuals who are not selected. Admission decisions are not discussed with parents.
Applicants should note that participation represents a 10-week commitment. Internships can be completed during any ten weeks between May 1 and August 31, 2012.
For safety and security concerns, all SPARK interns are subjected to a drug screen, a background check and a tuberculosis test (TB). SPARK interns will also be required to complete an online orientation and attend a Laboratory Research Operations Orientation. Dependent upon the availability of funds, interns receive a taxable stipend to cover personal expenses.
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