UofL NCI R25 Cancer Education Program

UofL NCI R25 Cancer Education Program

Program Objectives

Cancer incidence, morbidity and mortality in the Commonwealth of Kentucky are among the highest in the nation. The mission of the James Graham Brown Cancer Center is to reduce cancer incidence, morbidity and mortality particularly within the Commonwealth and the region we serve. The long-term objective of the University of Louisville Cancer Education Program is to recruit, educate and motivate outstanding undergraduate and professional students to pursue further training and future careers in cancer research.

Project Duration

Most students will participate during a ten week summer period (starting the Tuesday after Memorial Day). Other ten week project periods are possible, but the student must be enrolled at the University of Louisville and be able to commit sufficient time to research during the project period.

Student Stipend

Up to $4300 for professional students and up to $4000 for undergraduate students

Laboratory Supply Budget

Up to $2400/student for research supplies.

Poster Presentation

Students will be expected to present their research findings at the annual Research!Louisville meeting. Sufficient funds will be awarded to pay for preparation of research posters. Research posters will be judged and prizes will be awarded to both students and their mentors.

Student and Faculty Travel

Students and their mentors may apply for funds necessary to travel to a national scientific meeting to present the results of their research project.

Student Selection Criteria

An important student selection criterion for the Cancer Education Program is the intent to engage in cancer research in their future training and/or career. Students from underrepresented minority groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

Participating Faculty Mentors

Faculty mentors may include any faculty member at the University of Louisville conducting clinical and/or basic research relevant to cancer. Most of these faculty mentors are affiliated with the James Graham Brown Cancer Center.

Participating Students

Because this is a National Cancer Institute-funded program, all student participants must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States of America. Health professional students (enrolled in the schools of Dentistry, Medicine, or Nursing) and university undergraduates are eligible, but they must be enrolled in a degree program. Participation in the ten week summer program usually requires enrollment in a degree program the Spring semester prior to the summer program and enrollment in the Fall semester following the summer program. Students transitioning from undergraduate to graduate or health professional school are eligible, but must show evidence of enrollment for the preceding Spring and subsequent Fall semester. Students already enrolled in graduate school are not eligible. Students enrolled at any accredited university are eligible and university housing may be provided for outstanding out of town applicants, subject to availability of funds.

Medical Students

The Cancer Education Program is integrated with the School of Medicine’s Summer Research Scholar Program (SRSP) and its Distinction in Research (DIR) track. Students can select a cancer research project for the SRSP and/or the DIR. DIR students will be eligible to receive the $4300 Cancer Education Program stipend both for the SRSP summer research experience, and for a subsequent DIR third or fourth year elective research experience. Medical students begin by making application to the SRSP program indicating on their application if they are interested in participating in the DIR program and/or the Cancer Education Program.

Dental Students

The Cancer Education Program is integrated with the School of Dentistry’s Summer Research Program. DMD students who elect to conduct a cancer research project will be eligible for support from the Cancer Education Program. Students who are selected will receive a $4300 Cancer Education Program stipend for their summer research experience and will be encouraged to continue their cancer related research project during the subsequent years of the DMD curriculum. Dental students should initially apply for these positions through the School of Dentistry’s Summer Research Program and indicate on the application that they are interested in a Cancer Education Program position.

Undergraduate Students

The Cancer Education Program is integrated with the University of Louisville's Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP). Undergraduate students at all levels are eligible, but they must be enrolled in a degree program. Students participating in the ten week summer, program should be enrolled in a degree program the Spring semester prior to the summer program and should be planning to be enrolled in the Fall semester following the summer program. Students enrolled at any accredited university are eligible and university housing may be provided for outstanding out of town applicants, subject to availability of funds. Applications are due March 1.

Source of Funding

National Cancer Institute grant R25-CA134283.

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