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Program Encourages Minority Students to Pursue Doctoral Programs In Cancer Research (1877 hits)

University of California, Los Angeles (U.C.L.A.) – Approximately 25-30 students throughout the nation will be selected to attend a five-day Summer Institute that demonstrates the skills and resources needed to succeed in a doctoral program. Students can receive paid internships, enabling them to work in the field of cancer control research and up to $2000 to help cover the costs of applying to doctoral programs. Two program sites (UC San Francisco & UC Los Angeles) operate this annual program, targeted toward ethnic minority master’s-level students and master’s trained professionals in the health sciences.

The Minority Training Program in Cancer Control Research (MTPCCR) demonstrates how students’ interests in various health-related fields are represented in cancer control, especially in areas that may directly affect their own communities. “I see many ways to pursue a career in cancer prevention that are in line with my interests in the community,” said Rotrease Regan Yates, a 2004 MTPCCR student.

Supported by the National Cancer Institute, a division of the National Institutes of Health, MTPCCR is designed to increase diversity in research and cancer control by encouraging students and professionals to pursue doctoral degrees and careers in cancer control. Despite increased diversity among the minority students in master’s level health programs, only a small proportion go on to pursue doctoral degrees, creating a national shortage of experienced minority investigators in cancer control and prevention who can pursue answers to questions that reflect the needs of minority communities from an insider perspective and move the research effort forward in eliminating their unequal burden of cancer. Cancer strikes various ethnicities and individuals because of lifestyle and genetic differences, and these groups are underrepresented in the field of cancer research.

The UCLA - School of Public Health leads the effort, in partnership with seven partner institutions in Southern California such as Cal State campuses at Dominguez Hills, Fullerton, Los Angeles and Northridge, UC campuses at Irvine and San Diego, as well as USC.

For more information,
Sherry C. Massengale Kidd, MEd
Program Coordinator
Minority Training Program in Cancer Control Research
UCLA - School of Public Health
650 Charles Young Drive South
Box 951772
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1772
mtpccr@ph.ucla.edu (Email)
(310) 794-7314 (Direct)
(310) 794-1805 (Fax)

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I highly encourage all mastered level students/professionals to look into this awesome program!
Tuesday, November 28th 2006 at 11:28AM
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