Cancer Interns Training Program for Undergraduates

4/16/2010

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 a two-year undergraduate Cancer Interns Program, which will begin June 2010 and go through May 2012. The Cancer Interns Program is open to undergraduate students completing their sophomore year who have an interest in Cancer Health disparities.

Participants in the training program will be required to:

  • Enroll in specific courses in Bioethics, Health Disparities and Cancer Biology
  • Participate in Bioethics/Health Disparities community project
  • Conduct academic year cancer research at TU
  • Conduct summer cancer research at UAB or MSM during the summer before the senior year
  • Attend and present research at the MSM/TU/UAB Cancer Partnership Summer Institute
  • Take GRE/MCAT exam

The program, which began in 2006, 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.

Undergraduate students of all majors are encouraged to apply. All students will be required to submit an application form, essay, undergraduate 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 May 3, 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 rmtroy@tuskegee.edu.

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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