PathMaker Cancer Research Program

Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) houses the PathMaker Cancer Research Program for students with backgrounds underrepresented in the biomedical workforce.

Funded by the National Cancer Institute, PathMaker provides summer and academic year research experiences for students to support their careers in biomedical research and the health professions. HCI investigators mentor students to help them learn about and experience research and reflect on a research career.

All students become NCI CURE Scholars upon completion of the program.

Students & Their Research Experiences

Program Information

Summer Program

  • One-week intensive laboratory techniques course
  • Nine-week individual research experience on campus with a University faculty research mentor. Students work 30 hours/week with schedule determined by the lab.
  • On-campus student housing for the full 10-week program
  • Meal plan provided

Students who complete the program generally gain a firm foundation for subsequent undergraduate laboratory research experiences. For upcoming summer program information please contact Samira Gholami at or Anna Reineke at

Academic Year Program

Academic year availability is limited and generally includes students who have participated in the summer program. Academic year students and have not completed the summer program must be undergraduates attending the University of Utah. Please inquire by contacting Samira Gholami at or Anna Reineke at

2018 Summer Program Information

Application Available: January 2018
Application Deadline: March 5, 2018
Program Dates: May 29 – August 3, 2018

Find more information about the PathMaker Program (pdf download)

Questions Regarding PathMaker?

Samira Gholami
Program Coordinator, PathMaker