Program Encourages Minority Students
To Consider Doctoral Programs in Cancer Control Research
From Dateline (October 23, 2003)
Latinas and Vietnamese women suffer from increased
risks of cervical cancer.
Korean men and women experience higher rates of stomach
cancer, while black men are at increased risk of lung, prostate,
colon and rectal cancer.
And black women have the highest mortality rates
of breast cancer, and lesbians also experience higher incidents
of the disease.
Science has discovered that cancer strikes various ethnicities and
specific groups of individuals because of both genetic and lifestyle
differences, and these groups are underrepresented in the field
of cancer research.
This year, Cal State Fuller-ton has been invited
to nominate students to participate in the Minority Training Program
in Cancer Control Research (MTPCCR).
The program, designed to increase diversity in research
and cancer control by encouraging students from these groups to
pursue doctoral degrees and careers in cancer research, is supported
by the National Cancer Institute, a division of the National Institutes
“We are very excited about this,”
said Sora Park Tanjasiri, associate professor of kinesiology and
health promotion and campus liaison to the MTPCCR. “We typically
find that students from minority and underserved communities are
not aware of the cancer disparities, and we want them to know that
this training program is available.
“We want to encourage students to conduct
research in areas that may directly affect their own families and
communities,” said Tanjasiri.
“This program demonstrates how research
can affect real change in cancer control.”
Twenty-five students from throughout Southern California
will be selected to attend a five-day summer institute that provides
an overview of the skills and resources needed to succeed in a doctoral
program. Students can receive paid internships enabling them to
work in cancer control research, and up to $2,000 to help cover
the costs of applying to any doctoral program in the country. The
funds may be used for application and testing fees, as well as travel.
Study that may be appropriate for this program includes
nursing, public health, kinesiology, gerontology, counseling, biology
and other sciences.
“It’s not restricted to nursing
or medicine,” Tanjasiri said. “We want to encourage
faculty members from any health or science-related field to identify
those eligible graduate students who they think might be interested
in going into a cancer control doctoral program.”
Cal State Fullerton is one of seven universities
in Southern California participating in the effort. Other universities
include CSU campuses at Dominquez Hills, Los Angeles and North-ridge,
as well as UC Irvine, UC San Diego and USC.
For more information, contact Tanjasiri at stanjasiri@
fullerton.edu or call 278-4592. The deadline for fall 2004 applications
is Feb. 23.
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