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 Project INSPIRE (Interest, Need, Stimulate, Persevere, Ideas, Relevance and Excellence) Summer Internship Program for USF students of underrepresented minorities is funded by the USF/Moffitt Center for Equal Health and is designed to increase the knowledge and exposure of promising minority USF undergraduate students to health disparities research and career options.

To this end, the program provides meaningful, didactic research experience and training in basic, biomedical, clinical and/or population sciences at the University of South Florida and/or the Moffitt Cancer Center with a focus on cancer disparities. Students will meet like-minded peers and established researchers in a variety of fields, and will have the opportunity to foster new connections within this program as well as Moffitt’s other undergraduate research programs: Project LINK and the SPARK Program.

Selection is based on demonstrated interest in research through prior experience, a written essay and academic performance, along with recommendations from teachers or faculty.

Now accepting applications for the summer of 2012! Applications are due February 15th, 2012.

Applicants are required to submit:

  • A completed form (application)
  • A current school transcript (official or unofficial)
  • At least one letter of recommendation

Students will be provided a $3,000 stipend for 10-12 weeks of the summer, and will be required to submit a five-page formal scientific research report and deliver a five minute oral presentation of research findings at the end of the program. Previous INSPIRE students have used this experience to publish in undergraduate journals and present abstracts of their research at scientific research conferences.

Questions regarding the program may be sent to the Program Co-Directors: Dr. Dawood Sultan at; Dr. Cathy Phelan at; Dr. Roberta Baer at or RTEC Coordinator Thometta Cozart Brooks at

Submit applications (as a PDF document) to RTEC Coordinator at

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