Cancer prevention and treatment remains a high priority health challenge in the US, especially among minority populations. The San Diego State University School of Public Health/University of California San Diego (SDSU/UCSD) Cancer Partnership aims to develop and support cancer disparity research by providing education, training and career development opportunities for current and future cancer scientists, especially those from under-represented groups.
The Partnership’s educational program offers year round programs for undergraduate underrepresented minorities (URM) including a paid cancer research summer internship and ongoing education and social activities including presentations of summer research findings, a journal club, mentorship and educational sessions. Following the program, various students went on to complete their Graduate Record Examination, and/or applied to medical and graduate schools with the goal to pursue further education and professional development in cancer research or a related field. The current publication presents the Partnerships Education Core’s achievements, best practice and lessons learned.
Ms. Elinor Gaida, one of the authors of “Educating the Next Generation of Undergraduate URM Cancer Scientists: Results and Lessons Learned from a Cancer Research Partnership Scholar Program,” shared the great enjoyment she got from contributing to this important work and making findings available to other similar programs.