CURE Alumni Come Home, Inspire Next Generation
JANUARY 13, 2016
On December 28th, 2016, alumni and staff of the Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (CURE) Program at Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center gathered at the Longwood Center for an evening of celebration and networking. For the third annual CURE alumni gathering, attendees engaged in several icebreaker activities led by CURE alumna, Sindy Ortiz-Pimentel, intended to showcase the diversity of stories and successes in the crowd.
Following remarks and reflections by CURE Director, Karen Burns White, and Program Coordinator, Emily McMains, alumni networked informally across summer cohorts, sharing anecdotes and wisdom gained from their research experiences and learning about what their peers have done with their CURE experiences and where they are now. Most alumni still communicate with their research mentors and many are currently enrolled in graduate and professional programs in STEM or health disparities fields.
“We are extremely proud of all that our CURE alumni have accomplished and we look forward to gathering again and celebrating their achievements at our next alumni event in Summer 2017,” remarked Ms. Burns White at the close of the evening.
CURE Alumni Highlights
- 94% of CURE alumni have completed or are currently enrolled in post-secondary educational programs.
- 67% of CURE alumni have completed college degrees.
- Of these, 64% graduated with STEM or health science degrees.
- 15% of CURE alumni have completed graduate degrees.
- 62% of CURE alumni are currently working full or part-time in STEM-related fields.
- 22% are engaged in cancer-related work.
- 19% are working in the area of health disparities
- In the past eight years, CURE alumni have authored more than 90 scientific publications.