Undergraduate Training Program in Breast Cancer Research
Annual summary rept. 14 May 2003-13 May 2004
MARYLAND UNIV BALTIMORE COUNTY BALTIMORE MD
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The goal of this Training Program is to direct talented undergraduates into careers in breast cancer research. The program, called Breast Cancer Undergraduate Research Experience BCURE, is a joint program between The University of Maryland Baltimore County UMBC and the University of Maryland, Baltimore Medical School UM,B. The centerpiece of BCURE is a full-time, 10-week summer research experience in the laboratory of an established investigator mentor working in breast cancer research. Ten UMBC and UM,C faculty, whose research programs focus on breast cancer, serve as mentors. The Program Director is a well-respected breast cancer investigator who has personally trained 50 undergraduates. Trainees also participate in a Breast Cancer Course and an optional Biomedical Research Ethics course. Trainees present their projects at laboratory meetings, program conferences, UMBC Undergraduate Research Day, as well as at national and international meetings, if appropriate, and in research activities such as journal clubs and seminars. They meet regularly with the Program Director and formally present their research at Breast Cancer Research Day. BCURE trainees include UMBC and non-UMBC undergraduates and represent the diverse population in the Baltimore area. The program includes eight trainees per summer.