Partnership for Native American Cancer Prevention Program (NACP)

The Partnership for Native American Cancer Prevention (NACP) is a collaboration between Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona’s Cancer Center and Native American Research and Training Center. Funding comes from the National Cancer Institute. The mission of the NACP is to alleviate the unequal burden of cancer among Native Americans of the Southwest through research, training, and community outreach programs in collaboration with the communities they serve.


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NACP is a Comprehensive Minority Institution/Cancer Center Partnership between Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona’s Cancer Center, and Native American Research and Training Center; all programs and projects are jointly developed and implemented at the two institutions. Programs are designed to facilitate the entry of Native Americans into biomedical research and healthcare professions while engaging communities in research and training relevant to their needs. Research projects include laboratory, field-based, and community-based participatory research. All projects involving communities originate in those communities and are developed and implemented in partnership with NACP students and faculty. The home page for NACP can be found at:

NACP Summer research internships for University of Arizona undergraduate students are offered in conjunction with the Undergraduate Biology Research Program (UBRP). Participants work 35 hours per week for 12 weeks in the summer (for Summer 2021, the program dates are May 17 – August 22).

Benefits of participating in NACP:

  • Learn more about health disparities among Native Peoples
  • Develop critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Explore career options
  • Learn to work in a team and to make presentations
  • Become part of a supportive peer network
  • Make contacts that are useful in progressing through school and into a career

Eligible students are:

  • UA undergraduate students who are American Indian or Alaska Natives
  • American citizens or permanent residents of the US
  • Interested in exploring a career related to reducing cancer health disparities among Native populations

To Apply:

Applications are made available each year on October 1. The application deadline for Summer 2021 positions is February 1, 2021 at 5:00 pm.

To apply, complete a Summer 2021 NACP Application Form, save it as YourLastName, YourFirstName_NACP.pdf and e-mail it directly to Jennifer Cubeta, UBRP Director, at by 5:00pm (Arizona time) on February 1, 2021.

A letter of recommendation from a professor or researcher is required for NACP.  Please direct your recommender to e-mail the letter to Jennifer Cubeta, UBRP Director, at; it must be received by 5:00pm on February 1, 2021 to be considered.

Finalists for the NACP positions will be interviewed in mid-February and selected by March 1. Payroll meetings will be held during the spring semester and the program begins with UBRP orientation on Monday, May 17, 2021. NACP participants will also attend the Annual UBRP Ethics Retreat on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 18 & 19, 2021.

NACP Mentors

Please view the list of NACP Mentors in Tucson and Phoenix by visiting and clicking on the “NACP” link under “Faculty by Program.”