Postbac-CaRE2 Program

Program Overview

The Postbac-CaRE2 Program of the Florida-California Cancer Research, Education and Engagement (CaRE2) Health Equity Center is a collaboration among Florida A&M University, a minority serving institution (MSI) University of Florida, and University of Southern California. The Postbac-CaRE2 Program aims to meet the cancer research education needs of underrepresented minorities (URM) in Florida and California, especially Blacks and Latinos, by offering a funded year-long post-baccalaureate research internship in a CaRE2 laboratory conducting state-of-the-art cancer health disparities-related research at FAMU, UF or USC. Postbac-CaRE2 trainees will also receive academic and career mentorship, including guidance/support in preparing graduate school applications.

Preferred Qualifications

Have completed a bachelor’s degree (or are in the final semester)

Have a grade point average of at least 3.0 (4.0 scale)

Are seriously considering cancer related biomedical research career (M.D., Ph.D. in basic, biomedical, clinical and behavioral sciences)

Are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident from groups identified by NIH as underrepresented in the biomedical, clinical, behavioral and social sciences. This includes individuals from underrepresented minority or disadvantaged backgrounds


Postbac-CaRE2, our post-baccalaureate training program, a 1-year funded and mentored experience for trainees who have obtained their bachelor’s degree and are interested in pursuing a graduate degree focused on cancer health disparities.

How to Apply

Your application and supporting documentation should be submitted online via the application below.

Supporting Documentation

Please have these materials ready before you apply:

(1) an unofficial transcript

(2) a 1-page description of your career goals and objectives, personal attributes and motivations and desire for further training to focus on cancer health disparities research

(3) the names of three references


The Postbac-CaRE2 stipend is set at approximately $20,000 – $32,000 annually, depending on location (stipend is adapted to cost-of-living). From this stipend, students are responsible for their own housing and meals.

For more information, contact:
Dr. Bereket Mochona:
Dr. John Allen:
Dr. Ite Offringa: