Cancer Research Certificate (CCR)


"Unlock the potential to make a difference in the fight against cancer."

The Department of Genetics offers a Certificate in Cancer Research (CCR) for Genetics majors.  Completion of the Certificate in Cancer Research will provide an advantage when applying to MD, PhD, and MS programs and facilitate transitions to careers with Cancer-related missions. The goal of the CCR is to provide students with a rigorous and Cancer-specialized curriculum. Students will do at least one year of research in a nation-leading Cancer Research Lab and students will be expected to participate in community engagement and develop skills to build community outside of academia. This program is only open to declared Genetics Majors.

The Certificate will be awarded only in conjunction with the awarding of a baccalaureate degree in Genetics. At the end of the program students will:

  1. Have gained knowledge in Cancer Genetics with an expanded curriculum focused on Cancer biology.
  2. Have at least one year of experience conducting laboratory research in a Cancer research lab.
  3. Be prepared to apply to M.S., MD, or Ph.D. graduate programs in the areas of Cancer Genetics or for career positions in industry, biotech companies, pharmaceutical companies, medical centers, policy-driving institutes, or universities.

Students who complete the Certificate in Cancer Research are eligible to receive Departmental Honors.

For more information about the Program, please email: Dr. Mike Verzi .


Prerequisites for Certificate Program:

  1. Undergraduate student declared to major in Genetics
  2. Have a minimum 3.2 GPA (3.4 preferred)
  3. Submit a CV and interview with Dr. Mike Verzi (CCR Director )

Students accepted into the certificate program will meet regularly with the CCR director. To complete the certificate, students are required to: 

  1. Conduct research in a Cancer Genetics lab for at least two semesters.
  2. Complete 6 course credits in a Cancer-related coursework, including 3 course credits beyond those credits already needed to complete the Genetics major. Suggested courses are in the table below, but others will also be considered with prior approval. Only 3 of these extra credits can include research in genetics beyond the 6 credits already required.

    Certificate in Cancer Research Course Listings
  3. Engage in community outreach to promote education, advance community support, reduce cancer health disparities, or research fundraising efforts in cancer prevention, control, and/or research.
  4. Find and attend Cancer Research Seminars at Rutgers, then upload a synopsis of the seminar or join a Cancer Roundtable club session with students and faculty (6 events per year).

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Please note that applicants will be considered on a rolling basis and the deadline for the inaugural program will be December 2024.  Applications will open again during the summer of 2025.

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