POWERED: Program for Oncology Workforce Education and Research Experience at Dartmouth

For undergraduates: two summers of full-time paid research at Dartmouth Cancer Center and four semesters of paid research at home institutions as students are preparing to apply for MD, PhD, and dual MD PhD degrees. Please note, because POWERED is a 2-year program, the next cohort of POWERED students will be selected in early 2025.

I have had tremendous mentors at Dartmouth Cancer Center that helped me build foundations of success and confidence. They opened my eyes to new possibilities and supported me through challenging tasks."

Dartmouth student

POWERED is a comprehensive program for cancer research training for up to ten motivated undergraduates attending college or university in New Hampshire. Students are in residence for two 8-week summer mentored research experiences at Dartmouth Cancer Center and work in laboratories at their home institutions nine hours per week for four 16-week semesters. An additional hour per week during the home academic semesters is set aside for POWERED cancer-focused group activities held virtually.

The POWERED program is federally funded by the National Cancer Institute, and these six elements are required of POWERED participants:

  1. Must be a first year or sophomore year student
  2. Enrolled at a college or university in New Hampshire
  3. Passionate about science and willing to consider careers in cancer research
  4. Qualified as an underrepresented minority (URM) according to these criteria
    Note: This may include low-income and rural criteria
  5. Able to commit to a two-year program
  6. U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or green cardholder

The biggest influence was the exposure to different aspects of research and the intellectual challenge that it presents."

UNH student

The current enrollment period has ended, and the 2023-2024 POWERED cohort has been selected. The POWERED Committee looks forward to the next recruitment cycle, with information scheduled for distribution in late 2024.