A Research Assistantship Stipend Program has been established at UPR that supports undergraduate and graduate student participation in cancer research projects under the guidance of mid and early career faculty at the UPRCCC or UPR. The students receive a monthly stipend for up to 20 hours a month workload.   The students are required to attend seminars and workshops presented by visiting world-renowned scientists throughout the academic year. Applicants are evaluated on their academic performance from transcripts, the research being conducted – topic and scientific merit, if they are working on a U54 sponsored project, personal statement of commitment to a career in cancer research and if they are regular UPR students.t.