Through excellence in cancer research, education, and community engagement, the Partnership between the University of Puerto Rico and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center aims to reduce health disparities derived from infection-driven malignancies in Texas and Puerto Rico, and increase the number of Hispanics pursuing careers in cancer research.


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UPR / MD Anderson Cancer Center Partnership for Excellence in Cancer Research

UPR/MD Anderson U54 Partnership 2023 Summer Research Experience

Dear students:

The Research Education Core informs that our 2023 Summer Research Experience will be held at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center from June 5 to July 28, 2023, in Houston, Texas. 

Our program aims to: increase the number of Hispanic physicians, scientists, and physician-scientists (MD/PhD and MD/MPH) engaged in research on cancer, cancer health disparities, and infection-driven malignancies by implementing a Cancer Research Education didactic and research experiences targeted to students interested or already involved in healthcare. 

The UPR/MD Anderson U54 Partnership Summer Research Experience offers the University of Puerto Rico students' college and medical trainees an opportunity to: explore biomedical research as it relates to cancer, to gain firsthand experiences, and mentorship in basic, clinical, or translational research alongside world-renowned faculty, as well as to attend targeted institutional lectures, and seminars. Some of the program benefits include:

  • Active participation in the technical aspects of projects, interpreting experimental data, and presenting findings. 
  • Mentorship: in the fundamentals of scientific research, which include: the application of techniques, experimental design, and analysis, as well as how to present and publish findings suitable for peer review. 
  • Introduction to the clinical problems presented by cancer patients through time spent in clinical areas. 
  • Numerous opportunities: attend seminars and lecture series on a wide variety of research topics.  

Return visits are offered to trainees demonstrating a sincere interest in biomedical research and an outstanding research ability during their visit. 

 To apply for the 2023 Summer Research Experience at MD Anderson; please access this link: U54 Partnership Summer Research Program 

Remember, as part of the application you must submit the following documents:

  1. Curriculum Vitae or Biosketch (in only 1 pdf document) 
  2. Academic Records (Student Transcript) 
  3. Medical Students need a letter of “Good standing” from the Office of the Associate Dean for Student Affairs of the School of Medicine. Request contact is Mrs. Rosa Cruz, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs of the School of Medicine, at her email address For more information, you can contact her at 787-758-2525 x.1810. 
  4. Two letters of recommendation from professors and/or research mentors, including full name and email. 
  5. A personal statement why you want to participate in the Research experience at MD Anderson Cancer Center: what your future career goals are, and if you are interested in pursuing an MD/PhD or MD/MPH career. (maximum 2 pages). 

Attached you will find a copy of the promotional material; the application period is open until January 23, 2023.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact REC Program Coordinator Yomarie Santiago Erazo by email: or 787-758-2525 ext. 1722. 

This activity is supported by the U54 “UPR/MD Anderson Partnership for Excellence in Cancer Research” (Award # CA096297/CA063000).


The Organizing Committee of the Medical Sciences Campus 43rd Annual Research and Education Forum invites submission of abstracts for presentations.
LINK: FAIE_Guia_Someter_Resumenes_2023 FAIE_Guia_Someter_Resumenes_2023

LINK: FAIE_Guidelines_Abstract_Submission_2023 FAIE_Guidelines_Abstract_Submission_2023

LINK: FAIE_Call_Abstracts_2023 FAIE_Call_Abstracts_2023