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NCI-funded program recruits students, mentors for cancer research

by UofL Today last modified Feb 23, 2012 02:59 PM

University of Louisville students will have an opportunity this summer to conduct research on a health problem that plagues Kentucky, and to gain experience that will help them in their future careers.

Cancer incidence, morbidity and mortality in Kentucky are among the highest in the United States.

Through the National Cancer Institute-funded UofL Cancer Education Program (ULCEP), health professional students and undergraduate students will work for 10 weeks this summer with cancer researchers at the James Graham Brown Cancer Center.

The program presents an important opportunity for participants, said David Hein, associate university provost.

“Selected students have the opportunity to participate in important cancer research projects,” he said. “Undergraduate students have the opportunity to enhance their credentials for admission to a health professional or graduate program. Medical students can utilize the experience towards the Distinction in Research Program in the School of Medicine.”

Participants will have the opportunity to work in both clinical and basic science research programs. The Brown Cancer Center has research programs in molecular targets, cancer prevention and control, tumor immunobiology, structural biology and developmental biology.

Student participants in ULCEP will receive a stipend of $4,000 to $4,300.

Students and faculty mentors will have the opportunity to present their work at a national scientific meeting and to receive cash awards and prizes at Research!Louisville. Faculty mentors will receive $2500/student for research supplies.

ULCEP is recruiting both student participants and faculty mentors. More information and an application are online. The application deadline is March 1.

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