Responsibilities & Application Process

Thank you for your interest in becoming a trainer in the University of Wisconsin’s Cancer Biology Graduate Program, administered by the McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research. The Cancer Biology Program has over 50 faculty members from 16 departments across the UW-Madison campus serving the role as trainers. The success of the program is heavily determined by faculty involvement; therefore faculty trainers are expected to actively participate in the Cancer Biology Graduate Program in a variety of ways.


  1. Mentor PhD Students
    • Provide proactive mentoring guidance for students throughout their PhD studies.
    • Serve as a committee member on students’ dissertation committees.
    • Participate in group events to further research training such as joint lab meetings, seminars, mini-symposia, research conferences, etc.
  1. Recruitment of Prospective Graduate Students
    • Interview prospective graduate students during the recruiting weekends and provide feedback.
    • Participate in events held during our recruiting weekends such as the faculty dinners.
  1. Advising & Orientation: Research Talks and Lab Rotations
    • Trainers with available space and funding to accept new students in their lab present a 15 minute research talk to new Cancer Biology students during orientation week.
    • Meet with students to identify appropriate lab rotations and accept students to rotate in their lab during the specified rotation periods.
  1. Seminar Attendance
    • Attend the weekly Student & Postdoc Seminar in Cancer Biology (Mondays @ 3:30 pm, Rm. 6571 WIMR II).
  1. Financial
    • Will ensure that the student is supported financially throughout the duration of his/her PhD studies.
    • Support student attendance at national/international meetings to present their work.


  1. Submit a New Trainer Application form and CV here.
  1. Present a seminar in the Cancer Biology Seminar Series.

Please note that the Cancer Biology Graduate Program is a separate entity from the NIH-supported predoc and postdoc T32 grants in Cancer Biology. These grants provide stipend support for selected predoc and postdoc training in laboratories doing cancer research on the UW campus. They are also administered by the McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research.

For any questions about becoming a trainer, email