Research Training and Education

The UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center offers a number of education and training opportunities for our scientists and future scientists.

There are many cancer health disparities across New Mexico. Providing education and training to achieve overcoming these disparities is a primary mission of the UNM Cancer Center.

Undergraduate or High School

Undergraduate Pipeline Network

Cultivate your research interests and attain the skills need to succeed in post-baccalaureate education.

Apply to UPN

CURE Program

CURE is a paid research training program in the summer for high school and college undergraduate Native American and Hispanic students. Take part in ongoing cancer research at the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center. Learn important skills that will help you in college and beyond!

Learn About CURE

Diversity in Cancer Research (DICR) Program

DICR is a 10-week, paid summer research training program for college undergraduates who are interested in cancer research.  The DICR is funded primarily by the American Cancer Society.


Apply to DICR

Graduate Programs


The Geographical Management of Cancer Health Disparities Program offers opportunities in the region, including: webinars, conferences, research collaboration opportunities, training opportunities and more.

GMaP Membership 

Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program

Explore this exciting opportunity to gain a broad understanding of the biomedical sciences in a spectacular southwestern setting of unsurpassed beauty, rich cultural heritage and geographic diversity. For MS and PhD degrees.

Learn about BSGP

Infectious Disease and Inflammation Program (IDIP)

IDIP focuses on building strong basic, clinical, and translational biomedical research. IDIP pairs trainees with mentors. 

IDIP Program


ASERT Program

The IRACDA/ASERT program for postdoctoral fellows provides three years of support to fellows wishing to achieve excellence as both educators and research scientists in biology, bioengineering, and biomedical sciences.

Apply to ASERT

Cancer-PREP Program

The two-year Cancer-PREP program is for post-baccalaureate students and aims to prepare them for a career in cancer prevention, basic cancer or translational research. Funded by the American Cancer Society.

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Junior Faculty

Institutional Research Grant

The American Cancer Society Institutional Research (ACS IRG) Grant is an Institutional research grant awarded by the American Cancer Society to increase the base of cancer-relevant research at The University of New Mexico. 

Apply to ACS IRG

Cancer Research Training and Education Coordination Core

The overarching goal of the University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center (UNMCCC) Cancer Research Training and Education Coordination Core (CRTECC) is to prepare a diverse group of trainees to conduct cancer research in the context of laboratory, clinical, and community settings that impacts and aligns with the needs of our catchment area.


To accomplish these goals, the aims of CRTECC are to:

  1. enhance cancer research education and training through programs that build scientific proficiency among individuals underrepresented in cancer research and clinical care;
  2. encourage pursuit of population to clinical cancer research careers through cancer-focused graduate and basic, clinical and population-based fellowship programs; and
  3. promote translational cancer research through targeted mentorship, skill development, and interdisciplinary team building of trainees to junior faculty.

The CRTECC coordinates UNMCCC-wide education activities and access to institutional resources. Sponsored events include an annual Research Day, ‘Hackathon-style’ HUB meetings, Research SLAMs and grant reviews. The monthly UNMCCC Director’s Lecture Series features nationally-recognized speakers as inspirational role models who meet with scientists and trainees to provide guidance and create opportunities for inter-institutional collaboration.

CRTECC events and activities promote interdisciplinary training, networking and team-building in support of cancer research and clinical care career development. Structured career development plans, annual SMART goal setting, and reviews by mentoring teams assure that trainees remain on track.

Travel and fellowship funds enable professional meeting attendance. The UNMCCC Shared Resources, including a Translational Science Resource for interventional and correlative science studies, provide hands-on guided instruction in technology application, further building scholar skills. CRTECC outcomes are measured via stakeholder surveys, tracked metrics (degrees earned, promotions and recognitions, fellowship and career development awards, presentations and publications) and guided by a logic model for continuous quality improvement.

Institutional resources support MS degrees in Clinical/Translational Science and Public Health, and PhD degrees in Cancer Biology or in Health Equity Sciences. Extramurally-funded diversity training grants and thematically-focused Centers with large training components build collaborative interdisciplinary research communities, fostering rich training environments for high school students through junior faculty.

Strategic planning for the CRTECC is guided by UNMCCC Leadership, an Advisory Committee for Education (ACE), and the UNMCCC External Advisory Committee. From 2015-2020, CRTECC supported the training of 530 students and fellows with a gender, racial and ethnic diversity of 72% and promoted the careers of 68 junior faculty (62% women/minority). In the past 5 year period, support for trainees has totaled $11.47 million with $2.7 million currently available.