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An ET-CURE pilot project supporting undergraduate training in cancer research, emerging technology, and health disparities.

Research paper by Danyell S DS Wilson, Bin B Fang, William S WS Dalton, Cathy D CD Meade, John M JM Koomen

Indexed on: 25 Apr '12Published on: 25 Apr '12Published in: Journal of Cancer Education



Abstract

The National Cancer Institute's Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities has created pilot training opportunities under the "Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences" program that focus on emerging technologies. In this pilot project, an 18-month cancer biology research internship was reinforced with: instruction in an emerging technology (proteomics), a transition from the undergraduate laboratory to a research setting, education in cancer health disparities, and community outreach activities. A major goal was to provide underrepresented undergraduates with hands-on research experiences that are rarely encountered at the undergraduate level, including mentoring, research presentations, and participation in local and national meetings. These opportunities provided education and career development for the undergraduates, and they have given each student the opportunity to transition from learning to sharing their knowledge and from being mentored to mentoring others. Here, we present the concepts, curriculum, infrastructure, and challenges for this training program along with evaluations by both the students and their mentors.

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