American Cancer Society Diversity in Cancer Research Postbaccalaureate Program

As a student in the two-year Diversity in Cancer Research Postbaccalaureate Program, you will benefit from a paid research experience, access to Case Western Reserve’s School of Medicine and its allied hospitals, and connections to faculty, staff, and dynamic laboratory settings that provide you with well-rounded training in cancer biology while building skills to bolster PhD and MD/PhD applications.

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The program, designed for underrepresented college graduates, is offered jointly by the American Cancer Society (ACS) and Case Comprehensive Cancer Center (Case CCC)—a unique partnership with Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), Cleveland Clinic, and University Hospitals that aims to discover the causes and progression of cancer and develop treatments that reduce the likelihood that our population will develop cancer and suffer from its consequences.

Program Components

  • A sustained and impactful research project
  • Shadowing/mentoring by cancer physicians
  • Graduate-level coursework
  • Weekly program meetings 
  • Seminars, symposia, and retreats
  • Travel to and participation in national cancer research conferences
  • Written and oral communication training
  • Networking and interview coaching
  • Preparation for standardized examinations (MCAT/TOEFL)
  • The potential to fast-track your education in CWRU’s PhD or MD/PhD programs
  • Free tuition
  • Monthly stipend and moving allowance
  • Access to health insurance and student facilities

Application Information

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Application Requirements

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Belong to an underrepresented minority, disabled, or disadvantaged group as defined by the National Institutes of Health
  • Be a senior about to graduate with a baccalaureate degree in biology, chemistry, or a related field, or have attained such a degree 24 months prior to the application submission date
  • Have a strong desire and commitment to pursue a PhD or MD/PhD program
  • Have some, but perhaps limited, research experience


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