Mentor Testimonials

Mentor Testimonials


“Being a CURE mentor has been a tremendously positive experience. The opportunity to work with enthusiastic and eager new scientists that bring such diverse backgrounds to the program is very rewarding. Not only is it energizing to work with students in the CURE team, each summer I learn something new about how to mentor, teach, or think about research and also see meaningful outcomes from the projects that the students complete.”
– Meghan Underhill, PhD (DFCI)

“The CURE Program is a unique opportunity to engage with the scientists of the future. They are a talented, ambitious group of students with an impressive work ethic. We hosted Alex Thompson in our lab over the summer, and his research revealed a novel pathway to kill leukemic cells. The program is opening doors to careers in medical research but it is also helping to defeat cancer in the process.”
– Ben Croker, PhD (CHB)

“It was such a pleasure to be involved with the CURE program. Our high school student brought levels of energy and enthusiasm to the lab that were inspirational. Her hard work also delivered results. CURE is providing well-rounded scientific training to talented students, at a pivotal, early stage. Additionally, as a supervisor I felt well-supported: I welcomed the high quality mentorship training offered by CURE - it made a valuable contribution to my own career development.”
– Tracy Underwood, PhD (MGH)

"I was impressed with the poster presentations. The posters were well designed, the science was good, and the ability of the students to explain their work was impressive. It felt as if I was at a scientific meeting." 
 Nina Irwin, PhD (BCH)

"The [CURE] program is great. The mixture of seminars, journal clubs, and research provide a unique opportunity compared with other summer programs I am familiar with."
 A. Michael Sismour, PhD (HMS)

"We were very impressed with the organization and commitment of the program administration. The final presentations from the students were inspiring and educational, giving us a broader understanding of the scope of research training supported by the program. The program has a number of unique features compared to other summer research programs in which we have previously participated, and it was a pleasure for us to participate." 
 Melissa Thomas, MD, PhD (MGH)

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Student Testimonials

Weaam relaxing between CURE team building sessions at Hale Reservation

Weaam relaxing between CURE team building sessions at Hale Reservation

"The CURE program greatly enhanced my professional skills as well as the way I now convey my wants and goals. Many of the workshops and speakers helped me identify what I want to do and how I can get there. My speaking skills have improved immensely especially in situations like interviews and panels, because of everything I have been exposed to. Because of this and so much more, I am forever grateful to the CURE program for providing me with this incredible experience."
– Weaam Arman



Judene attending UMass Boston Education Day

Judene attending UMass Boston Education Day

"In my second year experience, I learned how to maneuver challenges better. I have grown in terms of my confidence level and presentation skills, and how to get my point across to others and help them to understand it.” 
 Judene Thomas



Maya presents her poster at the CURE e-Poster session

Maya presents her poster at the CURE e-Poster session


"About 3-4 weeks into the program when students were immersed in journal and book club (with the theme of breast cancer), it was eye opening to know the logistics and terminology around breast cancer. Having this knowledge under my belt, I felt confident to be able to read my mom’s medical history which involves her treatment for breast cancer. At the time my mother was treated, I was only eight years old and really did not understand what was going on except that mom was really sick. Nine years later, I am able to dissect the language of her medical procedures and also talk to her about what was going on at that time. Turning the pages of the record, tears began to swell in my eyes seeing words I had recognized from journal club... , thanks to the wonderful CURE program, my family has benefited from the experience I was offered. Without this opportunity, I would not have had the competence to know what happened; the "Make important discoveries about yourself” part of the website, was really true."
 Maya Dennis
 

Makena asks a question at UMass Boston Education Day

Makena asks a question at UMass Boston Education Day

 
"This comprehensive and well-developed program cultivates a culture of excellence driven by passion and collaboration. After moving to Boston from Argentina in 2014, discovering a group of students and mentors who are excited to learn, share, and grow has meant finding a second home. I have come out of this experience more determined than ever that studying and contributing to science is the way through which I want to make this world a better place."

– Makena Binker-Cosen

CURE student Kenesha Darlington

CURE student Kenesha Darlington


"The CURE program has taught me how to think more critically and become more like a scientist. The caliber [sic] of mentorship is parallel to none, and played an integral role in shaping my CURE experience. I was most excited to use the laboratory skills I learned [this] summer for the thesis project when I returned to my college."
Kenesha Darlington

CURE Student Christina Marcelus (right; mentor Dr. James DeCaprio)

CURE Student Christina Marcelus (right; mentor Dr. James DeCaprio)


 


"I aspire to matriculate into an MD/PhD program. My goal is to practice medicine while incorporating the innovative scientific research to my practice. I thoroughly enjoyed my CURE experience. I learned a lot about the trajectory of scientific research and where I see myself in this picture. The 2-year CURE program is an amazing opportunity to remain immersed in the field of science outside of the classroom. I enjoyed talks that were given from professionals throughout the field of science—from clinics to the bench. These experiences throughout the year have served as motivation through my studies and into my second summer of research."
Christina Marcelus

Ted Hilaire (on left; at right, mentor Dr. Michaela Reagan, Laboratory of Dr. Irene Ghobrial)

Ted Hilaire (on left; at right, mentor Dr. Michaela Reagan, Laboratory of Dr. Irene Ghobrial)


“The first day … I had such an eye opener I immediately told my family that this program will change my life. I would love to pursue a MD and become an oncologist.”
Ted Hilaire




Carleen Njoku (on left; mentor Dr. Meghan Underhill, Phyllis F. Cantor Center for Research in Nursing and Patient Care Services)

Carleen Njoku (on left; mentor Dr. Meghan Underhill, Phyllis F. Cantor Center for Research in Nursing and Patient Care Services)





"The research I did at the CURE program was nursing-based research. I love research and CURE has allowed me to continue my research interests as a career. My current educational aspirations are to obtain my Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree and continue on to receive my PhD in nursing."
Carleen Njoku



Madino Ali (research environment of Dr. Michele Gadd)

Madino Ali (research environment of Dr. Michele Gadd)





“I worked with Dr. [Michele] Gadd, a breast cancer surgeon at Mass General Hospital. Being able to make connections not just with mentors or speakers but also among peers was great. I had a wonderful time. I know that it will stay with me forever and I feel blessed to have had such opportunity. I feel more inspired and motivated than I have ever been.”
Madino Ali