Graduate & Postdoctoral Programs

Graduate and postdoctoral students interested in cancer research and oncology-related health fields have several opportunities to participate in Stephenson Cancer Center (SCC)-sponsored activities and events. In addition, the OUHSC Graduate College provides formal graduate training in a number of degree tracks that focus on cancer-relevant issues.


HPRC Postdoctoral Fellowship Training Program
The HPRC Postdoctoral Fellowship Training Program offers advanced training in tobacco-related research to students who have completed a doctorate in a health-related discipline. The primary goal of the program is for students to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to begin an independent research career.

Stephenson Cancer Center Clinical Research Internship
OU Health Stephenson Cancer Center's Clinical Research Internship provides interested graduate and prospective medical students with a hands-on clinical research experience within SCC’s large clinical trials program. Participating students learn about all aspects of clinical research, from protocol design and scientific / IRB review to regulatory, data reporting and quality, study coordination, and publication of results.

This year-long internship includes payment and benefits. Interested applicants may submit CVs or inquiries to Christina Caldwell and Ingrid Block.

Annual Cancer Research Symposium
Since 2011, SCC has hosted an annual Cancer Research Symposium to provide an interactive forum for cancer center members, other interested researchers, and students from a variety of disciplines to share their research. More than 60 poster slots are reserved for graduate and postdoctoral students, and prizes are awarded annually to the top posters in the basic, clinical, and population and behavioral sciences.

OUHSC Programs

Masters in Clinical and Translational Science (MS-CTS)
The goal of the MS-CTS program is to prepare health professionals to become competent in the methodological foundations and conduct of clinical and translational research, including qualitative and quantitative research methods, clinical and translational research process and design, informatics, effective oral and written communication, human research ethics and responsible conduct of research, cultural competency, research management, and professionalism and career development.

OUHSC Graduate College – PhD and MS Programs
The OUHSC Graduate College is committed to training the next generation of biomedical researchers who will identify the basis of human diseases and develop the means to translate these findings into clinical applications to prevent and treat disease. Formal doctoral- and masters-level degree programs are offered in numerous fields relevant to cancer. For a full list and more information, please visit the program webpage.

Individual Development Plans (IDPs)
The OUHSC Graduate College and Office of Postdoctoral Affairs have established a Mentoring Policy that requires all graduate students and postdoctoral fellows supported by NIH awards to develop and use Individual Development Plans (IDPs). Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows use the Science Careers “myIDP” Program ( to create and update an IDP and they must discuss it with their mentors on an annual basis. Records of completion of IDPs signed by the mentor are placed in the graduate student and postdoctoral fellow file and the Graduate College is notified that this has been done at the end of each academic year. To further assist with career planning, OUHSC offers several workshops throughout the year that are available to all graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

Contact Information

Education, Training and Career Enhancement Core
OU Health Stephenson Cancer Center