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To expand our future culturally competent, cancer-focused workforce, members of the University of Cincinnati Cancer Center in collaboration with faculty from the College of Allied of Health Sciences, have established a new cancer-focused Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) known as the Cancer Research Scholars Program (CRSP). Funded by a 5-year R25 grant from the National Cancer Institute, the program’s focus offers unique and inspiring paid research and educational experiences for qualified summer undergraduate scholars from Cincinnati and across the nation. The purpose of the Cancer Research Scholars program is to:
The first summer 2022 cohort enrolled undergraduates from 8 states and 2 countries spanning 13 universities. Diversity is a salient feature of CRSP: 6 of the scholars are underrepresented minorities, 7 students are enrolled at UC and 3 are enrolled at Xavier University.
Scholars were matched with 21 research faculty mentors: 5 from Cincinnati Children’s and 16 from the University of Cincinnati. According to PI Dr. Melinda Butsch Kovacic, MPH, PhD, Professor and Associate Dean of Research in the College of Allied Health Sciences, the associated Cancer Mentor Network is essential to the success of the program. She explained that the mentor network "adopts a systems-over-silos approach that covers the entire cancer continuum including cancer etiology, prevention/screening/health promotion, clinical cancer research and survivorship."
On Thursday, August 4, 2022, program graduates showcased their research at the Capstone Poster Symposium along with other SURF participants in MSB. Scholars and poster titles are detailed below:
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