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Program matches mentors to minority students

Capping a rigorous nine weeks of research, 21 students recently presented their findings to an audience of scientists and lab mates, family and friends. Under the Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (CURE) program, sponsored by the NCI, promising high school and college students from underrepresented populations can sample the intellectual excitement of biomedical research firsthand.

Following a competitive application process, each student is matched with his or her own DF/HCC faculty mentor to investigate an area of basic, clinical, or population science. “The hands-on experience was priceless,” remarked one student. “It was incredible to be part of the ongoing research aimed at making fatal diseases a thing of the past.” As another student noted, “This was an experience that changed my life and opened doors for me in my profession.”