Applications being accepted for paid internships with cancer research program


TUSKEGEE, Ala. (April 16, 2010) — Tuskegee University, in partnership with the Morehouse School of Medicine and University of Alabama at Birmingham Comprehensive Cancer Center, is now accepting applications for an eight-week Cancer Research Training Program, which will begin June 7 and go through July 30. These paid internship positions are available to graduate students.

The summer training program will include three components:

  1. Course work: Cancer education provided by UAB faculty; grant writing provided by MSM faculty; bioethics in research provided by TU faculty.
  2. Practical/ Field Training: Students will be linked with a mentor in their respective field to work on a cancer-related research project. The student may work with a specific research interest or an existing data set to identify ideas or proposals for future research. Travel to all three campuses is required for the one- to three-day courses for the scheduled dates listed on the application.
  3. Seminars: Students will attend a two-day Partnership Summer Institute and other weekly/monthly noon seminars at their respective institutions.

The summer program began in 2002, and Tuskegee University has trained over 30 graduate students. It continues its mission to increase the number of minority investigators going into cancer health disparity research in an effort to reduce/eliminate the disproportionate number of cancer incidences and mortalities in underserved populations.

Graduate students of all majors are encouraged to apply. All students will be required to submit an application form, essay, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and reference letters. To be considered for this program, students must adhere to the procedures outlined on the application.  Applications must be completed and returned by April 30, 2010 to:

MSM/TU/UAB Partnership Cancer Research Training Program
Attention:  Roberta M. Troy, Ph.D.
Office of the Provost
227 Kresge Center
Tuskegee University
Tuskegee, AL 36088

For more information or assistance in completing the application, please contact Dr. Roberta Troy at 334- 727-8029 or

The overall goal of the MSM/ TU/ UAB Partnership Cancer Research Training Program, funded by the National Cancer Institute, is to establish a program that will encourage interest and facilitate student training in cancer research. Through attendance and participation in designated seminars, workshops and mini-courses, research students will be able to enhance their knowledge, scientific techniques and expertise in cancer and cancer research. Participants in these activities will become stronger candidates to continue for advanced degrees in the field of cancer research and to progress to be independent investigators. Dr. Timothy Turner and Dr. Roberta Troy, both of Tuskegee University, are principal investigators in the TU component of the partnership between the universities. The purpose of the program is to reduce cancer health disparities through four areas: developmental research, research training and career development, cancer education, and community outreach.

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