The 2021 Application will open at 12:00 midnight on November 1st and will close at 11:59 PM on December 31st.

Application portal may be found here:


 Application Deadline  December 31, 2020
Letter of Recomendation Deadline January 8, 2021
 Interviews with Candidates (By invitation only)  January 11 – 31, 2021
 Decision Letters (Sent via email)  Feb 5, 2021, Rolling Admission
 Admitted students must respond  Feb 19, 2021

Summer Programming commences May 3, 2021 with the series of online discussions.

Please note: it is too early to determine if ReTOOL 2021 will be online or in-person. Applicants should be prepared for either version of the program.

We are looking for motivated, underrepresented minority students who are interested in a cancer related, biomedical or health science research career from the following institutions: Florida A&M University, Bethune Cookman University, Edward Waters College, the University of Central Florida, Florida International University, and the University of Florida.

For a brief synopsis of the ReTOOL program, please take a look at the About tab.

All applicants are required to complete the following:

  • Completed Application Form with Self Assessment
  • College Transcript
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendations from professionals (personal recommendations will not be accepted)
  • Two writing samples, not to exceed two (2) pages double spaced
    • A Statement of Purpose that addresses the student’s interest in the ReTOOL Program and how it will aid in professional development
    • A Personal Statement that addresses the student’s professional identity (including but not limited to past experiences in research interest in research/cancer research)



Former ReTOOL and Advanced ReTOOL Scholar Allika Williams presenting her research poster.