Graduate Students

Graduate Students gain experience for their next career stages through the University of Arizona Cancer Center's professional development activities and training programs. 


F Award Readiness (FAR) Program - A 6-11 month process supporting students whose projects have a cancer focus in developing highly competitive NIH Fellowship Award (F30/31) applications to fund their dissertation research. The program teaches students how to turn their research strategy into a highly competitive mentored training application, and builds early confidence and skill in their ability to successfully compete for research funding. The program complements the Cancer Biology IMB 521 course. 

Students receive and participate in:

  • An Introduction to F Award Grantsmanship workshop
  • Monthly 1-hour sessions breaking down each required element of the application
  • 1:1 support from CRTEC grant writer in writing, editing, and submitting the proposal
  • Structured peer and professional review

For more information, please contact CRTEC Grant Writer, Carol Carpenter at

pd|Hub Professional Development Program - Beginning in Summer 2023, the University of Arizona Cancer Center will be an inaugural institution with the pd|Hub program. This innovative 8-week program will help STEM Ph.D. students and postdocs explore career options and learn up-to-date skills for starting their careers in a diverse array of cancer-related fields. For more information, please contact CRTEC Assistant Director Laura Farrell-Wortman at sends e-mail)

Cancer Research: Present & Future Annual Conference - An interdisciplinary, trainee-focused conference for cancer research students and postdoctoral researchers. Planned by cancer research trainees, for cancer research trainees. 

Travel Awards - Provide funds for trainees to present at cancer-relevant conferences, learn new techniques in collaborator's laboratory, or attend workshops or short courses. 



Student Transformative Experiences to Progress Under-Represented Professionals (STEP-UP) - A 12-week summer program provides undergraduates and graduates a multidisciplinary approach to cancer prevention and control. 

Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program

Cancer Biology MD/Ph.D. program

Cancer Biology Ph.D. program

Cellular and Molecular Medicine Ph.D. Program

Clinical Translational Sciences Graduate Program