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Roswell Park Cancer Institute / Howard University Prostate Cancer Scholars Program

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Technical Report,30 Sep 2014,29 Sep 2015

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Health Research, Inc. Buffalo United States

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The Roswell ParkHoward University Prostate Cancer Scholars Program is designed to encourage students from under-represented minority groups to enter graduate training and ultimately careers in prostate cancer research. The three-phased program combines elements of pre-internship tele-mentoring, mentored summer research experience and post-internship mentoring activities in order to 1 inform a students decisions regarding graduate training, 2 motivate the pursuit of prostate cancer research with an emphasis in cancer health disparities and 3 support successful entry, transition and retention into graduate training. Eight Howard University students were accepted and enrolled in the program in PGY1. Four of these students were Honors sophomores and are currently progressing through the preparatory tele-mentoring phase of the program prior to their summer internship at the end of their junior year in 2016. Four of these students were accepted as non-honors juniors and comprise a cohort which completed an abbreviated 1 spring semester of tele-mentored readings preparation. Three of the four non-Honors juniors continued on to complete the second phase of the program- the 10 week summer experience at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. These three students will be attending and presenting their summers research at the Society for Basic Urologic Research SBUR scientific conference in November.

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