The Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (DCEG) offers a summer research experience for students interested in exploring careers in cancer epidemiology, biostatistics, and genetics. The program is open to high school, college, and graduate students, including medical and dental students. Successful applicants join the Division for at least 8 weeks between May and September. Under the supervision of a Division researcher, summer students conduct research in selected areas of epidemiologic investigation. Students are encouraged to attend lectures offered under the NIH Summer Seminar Series, participate in DCEG meetings and seminars, attend formal NIH lectures and symposia, and participate in the NIH Summer Research Program Poster Day and the DCEG Poster Day.
Epidemiology is often called the science of public health. It is described as the study of the distribution and determinants of disease risk in human populations. Epidemiologists study a diverse range of health conditions as well as the impact that various exposures have on the manifestation of disease. See the American College of Epidemiology.
Most DCEG researchers work on analyses of large populations, cohort studies, and case-control studies.
DCEG offers a limited number of summer laboratory research positions, mostly in the Laboratory of Translational Genomics. Students who are interested in laboratory research should also visit the NIH Research and Training website for information about research at other NIH institutes.
Hormonal and Reproductive Epidemiology
Infections and Immunoepidemiology
Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology
When does the application process start?
The application process begins in mid-November.
How long is a summer fellowship?
A typical summer fellowship lasts 8 to 10 weeks with a minimum requirement of 8 weeks. There is some flexibility depending on the student's schedule.
When does the summer fellowship start and end?
The fellowship begins in late May or early June and ends in August or September, but exact dates depend on the student's and the mentor's schedules.
Is the summer fellowship a paid position?
Yes. Summer fellows receive a stipend based on academic level.
Where is the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (DCEG) located?
DCEG is currently located on the NCI campus at 9609 Medical Center Drive, Rockville, Maryland, 20850. Employee and validated parking will be available at the building. Public transportation, using a combination of Metro and bus, is also available. The closest Metro stop is “Shady Grove” on the Red Line, from which NCI shuttle buses run regularly to the NCI campus. Find more transportation information.
Where can students live?
There are a variety of housing resources (see below) in the nearby surrounding areas, including Rockville and Bethesda, Maryland, and Washington, DC.
Below are web sites which have information about available housing in the area.
Montgomery County Gazette Classifieds
Local county newspaper classified ads page with search capabilities for housing, employment, goods, and services.
Washington, DC Registry
The Washington, DC Registry is an Internet guide to the Washington, DC metropolitan area. It has a comprehensive directory listing of Washington, DC area web sites, including housing rental ads.
International Student House (For men and women. Students only.)
1825 R St., N.W.
Washington D.C., 20009
(202)387-6445 or (202) 232-4007
Fax: (202) 387-4115
Metro: Dupont Circle - Red line
Information about on- and off-campus housing.
George Washington University
Phone: (202) 994- 9193
Metro: Foggy Bottom Orange/Blue line
Open: Early May through mid-August
Phone: (202) 806- 5661
Metro: Shaw/Howard - Green line
Open: June 1 through July 31
Summer Research Fellowship Program Catalog Living Arrangements
This list is provided by the NIH Office of Education to summer students.
Thompson-Markward Hall (For women aged 18 - 35 yrs. Mostly students and interns.)
235 2nd Street, N.E.
Washington D.C., 20002
(202) 546-3255 Metro: Union Station - Red line