Undergraduate students participating in the second HBCU Prostate Cancer Research Training Program completed their 10-week summer internship this past week by making presentations at the 2015 Prostate Cancer Research Mini Symposium. The students, from Jackson State University and Tougaloo College, with UMMC representatives, are front, from left, Angel Garcia, Tougaloo; Deion Fields, JSU; Jamal Keyes, JSU; Adesuwa Ekunwe, JSU; and Timera Brown, Tougaloo; back, from left; Dr. Christian Gomez, UMMC cancer researcher, associate professor and HBCU program advisor; Dr. Richard Summers, UMMC associate vice chancellor for research; Dr. Srinivasan Vijayakumar, Cancer Institute director; and Charles Phillips, Tougaloo.
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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:
Jackson State University and Tougaloo College students will end their internship by participating in the Prostate Cancer Research Mini Symposium.
2015 Prostate Cancer Research Mini Symposium
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
8:30 am - 12:30 pm
University of Mississippi Medical Center
Norman C. Nelson Student Union
Rooms A & B
The program operates May 26 through July 31, 2015.
Although housing is not included in the program, help in securing housing for the duration of the program can be provided to participants.
No longer accepting applications
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Jackson, MS 39216
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