The University of Arizona Cancer Center prepares post-baccalaureate students to pursue doctoral degrees in cancer-related fields through The Diversity in Cancer Research Post-Baccalaureate Program.
ACTIVITIES LED BY THE OFFICE OF CANCER RESEARCH TRAINING AND EDUCATION COORDINATION (CRTEC)
Diversity in Cancer Research Post-Baccalaureate Program - The University of Arizona Cancer Center was one of only 8 institutions to be sponsored by the American Cancer Society to launch the new Diversity in Cancer Research Post-Baccalaureate Program. This program will expand diversity in the cancer research workforce by increasing the number of under-represented minorities in the biomedical field. The goal of this program is to expose the participants to cancer research and provide career development activities that will help them prepare for a career in cancer research.
About the Program
The Diversity in Cancer Research Post-Baccaureate Program at UACC will offer a paid, two-year, full-time cancer research experience to individuals with a bachelor’s degree who intend to pursue a doctoral degree in biomedical science, a health profession, or in population health/public health (e.g., Ph.D., MD, DO, PharmD, DrPH). A high priority will be given to individuals from groups that are underrepresented in the cancer workforce.
Over the 24-month program, the four (4) participants who are selected will engage in:
- Mentored research experiences that teach them to identify and address important questions in the cancer field.
- Professional development workshops to enhance their competitiveness for doctoral degree programs.
- Seminars and graduate-level coursework through which they learn about cutting-edge cancer research.
- Networking activities building their connections to peers and role models in the cancer field.
Participants will have the opportunity to work with Cancer Center mentors including:
- Dr. Alicia Allen (Family and Community Medicine)
- Dr. Kirsten Limesand (Nutritional Sciences)
- Dr. Michael Marty (Chemistry and Biochemistry)
- Dr. Travis Sawyer (Optical Sciences)
- Dr. Koenraad Van Doorslaer (Animal and Biomedical Sciences)
These faculty will support the participants in identifying a project that aligns with their general area of career interest and provides direct experience with the scientific process. The participants will develop a formal oral presentation of their research project to present at the UACC annual research retreat in their second year and at an end-of-program celebration.
- Member of a group underrepresented in the cancer workforce
- Bachelor's degree in any STEM discipline - 2.75 minimum GPA
- Motivation to pursue a doctoral degree and a career in the cancer field
- Commitment to participate in the program full-time
The program will start on July 31, 2023.
Applications are no longer being accepted for 2023.
For a copy of the flyer, click here. For more information, contact the Program Manager, Clinton Owner, at firstname.lastname@example.org.