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. 


The University of Minnesota Medical School's Program in Health Disparities Research and the Masonic Cancer Center are pleased to welcome 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
Mentor: Kola Okuyemi, MD, MPH

Cynthia Chang

Carleton College
Mentor: Heather Stefanski, MD, PhD 

Nermine Abdelwahab

Carleton College
Mentor: Betsy Hirsch, PhD 

Hemen Muleta

Johns Hopkins University
Mentor: Janet Thomas, PhD, LP

Gabe Franta

University of Minnesota
Mentor: Charles R. Rogers, PhD

Lourdes Bunay-Vivar

The College of St. Scolastica
Mentor: Rebekah Pratt, PhD  

Jessica Sukharan

University of Minnesota
Mentor: Scott Dehm, PhD

Ted Bebi

Macalester College
Mentor: 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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