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  • HBCU Class of 2016

    HBCU Class of 2016

    Mississippi Prostate Cancer HBCU Undergraduate Research Training Program

    Undergraduate students participating in the third HBCU Prostate Cancer Research Training Program completed their 10-week summer internship by making presentations at the 2016 Prostate Cancer Research Mini Symposium. The students, from Jackson State University and Tougaloo College, with UMMC representatives, are from left, Dr. Timothy Turner, Jackson State University professor and chairman, Department of Biology; Ornella Amoah, JSU student and HBCU participant; Courtney Mangum, Tougaloo College student and HBCU participant; Diva Whalen, HBCU alum and Meharry Medical College graduate student; Dr. Jinghe Mao, Tougaloo College professor and chairman, Department of Biology; Dr. Christian Gomez, UMMC  associate professor of pathology and radiation oncology and Cancer Institute's  HBCU program advisor; Dr.Keli Xu, UMMC assistant professor of neurobiology and anatomical sciences and Cancer Institute member.

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    Supported by the U.S. Department of Defense Prostate Cancer Research Program

    Our goal is to train undergraduate students from two Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tougaloo College and Jackson State University, so they can gain experience in performing prostate cancer research at the University of Mississippi Medical Center Cancer Institute. 

    We hope to create a long-term partnership between Tougaloo, JSU and UMMC-CI that will produce a cadre of top-caliber minority scientists and physicians with a specific interest in prostate cancer research, prevention, diagnosis and care.

    Mississippi has the second highest rate of prostate cancer death in the country and the fourth highest incidence rate. Factors such as increased risk for African-Americans, obesity and medical distrust contribute to high rates of prostate cancer in Mississippi. The scarcity of minority physicians and scientists is a major factor in perpetuating distrust in medicine and science among minority communities. Because of this, it is especially important to increase the number of HBCU scientists and physicians who are trained as prostate cancer researchers.

    The Mississippi Prostate Cancer HBCU Undergraduate Research Training Program provides an excellent opportunity for undergraduate students to gain comprehensive training program in prostate cancer research and care.

    Participants are selected in open competition and must meet the following eligibility requirements:

    • Be a sophomore or junior in the upcoming fall semester.
    • Be majoring in the life sciences (biology, biochemistry, chemistry, biotechnology, etc.).
    • Have successfully completed one semester of math and one year of sciences (biology, chemistry or physics).
    • Have a science grade-point average of 3.0 or higher at the time of submission.
    • Intend to pursue a doctorate after graduation.


    Although housing is not included in the program, help in securing housing for the duration of the program can be provided to participants.

    Application packet

    The application deadline for the 2016 positions has closed. 

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