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Initiative to Eliminate Cancer Disparities

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Request for Mentors: 2008 CURE Program

To DF/HCC Members:

For the past six years, DF/HCC has participated in the NCI Continuing Umbrella of Research (CURE) Program. This strategic program is designed to increase the number of underrepresented minorities engaged in basic, clinical, and population-based biomedical cancer research. To date, 84 students have participated in the CURE program through DF/HCC, and 85% of those students are now working in a STEM-related industry or are enrolled in a STEM program.
We are currently recruiting DF/HCC members to provide college and high school students with a well-rounded, hands-on cancer research experience.  As a mentor, you would receive the assistance of a full time student while you promote their potential cancer research career.

The responsibility of a mentor is to oversee a student's work and offer guidance. To ensure the best possible student-mentor matches, all mentors will have an opportunity to meet with prospective students before final placement. Selected students and mentors may participate in a two-year or summer-only program. Additionally, the cancer center will provide students with a stipend, offer ongoing educational seminars, and ensure close supervision.  

Important: If you have a training grant or other resources for hiring summer students, we would like to help you identify strong minority student candidates.

Students selected to take part in the CURE program will begin their research assignments in the last week of June.  If you would like to be considered as a mentor, please e-mail Program Coordinator Elizabeth Zdunich no later than February 15, 2008.

For more details on what being a CURE mentor entails, please visit our Mentor Expectations page.

I encourage your participation in this exciting program.

Edward J. Benz Jr., MD
Director, DF/HCC