Cancer Disparities Internship

The Summer Undergraduate Research Internship

The Health Disparities and Cancer Research Summer Undergraduate Internship includes hands-on experience in research addressing health disparities and cancer.  Interns are matched with and supervised by experienced faculty mentors conducting research at the Program in Health Disparities Research and the Masonic Cancer Center. 

Save the Date 

Please save the date for the 2014 Poster Session & Awards Dinner

Date: Thursday, November 13, 2014
Time: 4 - 7:30 PM
Location: Wilder Foundation, St. Paul, MN

Sponsored by the University of Minnesota's Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Program in Health Disparities Research, and Center for Health Equity.

The event will feature the 2014 Health Disparities and Cancer Research Summer Interns:

MEDRESEARCH2-Education-2014 Summer Intern
Back (right to left): Asma Adam, Cynthia Chang, Nermine Abdelwahab, Hemen Muleta, Gabe Franta
Front (right to left): Lourdes Bunay-Vivar, Jessica Sukharan, Ted Bebi


Asma Adam, Concordia University, Mentored by Kola Okuyemi, MD, MPH

Cynthia Chang, Carleton College, Mentored by Heather Stefanski, MD, PhD 

Nermine Abdelwahab, Carleton College, Mentored by Betsy Hirsch, PhD 

Hemen Muleta, Johns Hopkins University, Mentored by Janet Thomas, PhD, LP

Gabe Franta, University of Minnesota, Mentored by Charles R. Rogers, PhD

Lourdes Bunay-Vivar, The College of St. Scolastica, Mentored Rebekah Pratt, PhD  

Jessica Sukharan, University of Minnesota, Mentored by Scott Dehm, PhD

Ted Bebi, Macalester College, Mentored by Natalia Tretyakova

Program Description 

The 2014 summer internship on cancer and health disparities is an eight-week program designed to give undergraduate students from Minnesota's racial/ethnic minority or under-represented communities research experience in the health sciences. During the program, participants will:

• Learn how health disparities are addressed through community-engaged research
• Gain hands-on experience with an experienced faculty mentor in basic biomedical, translational, clinical, and/or community-based research
• Attend seminars and workshops on topics such as interdisciplinary research and the root causes of health disparities
• Discuss careers in health sciences with University of Minnesota professionals
• Sign-up to shadow a clinician or conduct a service learning project with a local community organization
• Work with a research team at the current stage of their project(s)
• Present a poster to academic members and community partners at the end of the summer

Interns are matched to work full-time with a mentor in the Program in Health Disparities Research or the Masonic Cancer Center. The mentor matching process will begin prior to the start date. In addition to working on a research project, interns can sign-up to to spend up to one half-day per week either shadowing a clinician or working with a local community organization on a service learning project.

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