The war on cancer occurs at the bench and in the clinic, but the scientists fighting these battles must first be trained in classroom, laboratory and clinical settings. As much as anything, training the next generation of cancer researchers is critical to reducing the heavy burden of a cancer diagnosis. There are a wide variety of undergraduate, pre- and post-doctoral training opportunities available in the laboratories of Huntsman Cancer Institute members. These training opportunities encompass basic science discovery, clinical investigation and population-based studies. Our goals are to understand cancer from its beginnings, to use this knowledge to create new and better treatments, to implement these strategies to improve outcomes and to learn from our efforts across populations to continually minimize the burdens of cancer. Trainees flourish in a collaborative and collegial, multidisciplinary research environment under the guidance of experienced mentors. Currently, 136 cancer center members, spanning 27 academic departments, mentor 362 trainees in state-of-the-art research facilities.