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IU Simon Cancer Center's summer program exposes students to possible cancer research careers

INDIANAPOLIS -- (August 09, 2012) -- Nine students spent their summer vacations exploring possible careers as cancer researchers at the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center.

The cancer center’s annual Summer Research Program, held in partnership with the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) Center for Research and Learning, paired students with a mentor physician or researcher for nine weeks (May 31-July 27) on the IU School of Medicine campus in Indianapolis. Students worked with faculty who are conducting studies in the most progressive areas of cancer research.

The program’s primary goal is to increase the number of underrepresented populations engaged in basic, clinical, and prevention and control cancer research by providing positive and meaningful firsthand exposure to those fields.

The following students participated in the Summer Research Program:

Charles Hawthorne, a student at Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School, Indianapolis

Richard Conway, a student at Beech Grove High School, Beech Grove, Ind.

Amanuel Kibrom, a 2012 graduate of Pike High School, Indianapolis

Carlos Magana, a student at Pike High School, Indianapolis

Courtney McClendon, a student at Howard University, Washington, D.C.

Marisa Peredo, a 2012 graduate of Warren Central High School, Indianapolis

Justin Sanders, a 2012 graduate of Pike High School, Indianapolis

Nichole Smith, a 2012 graduate of Warren Central High School, Indianapolis

Jasmine Taylor, a student at Pike High School, Indianapolis

Participants were selected based on interest in biomedical or behavioral science, grades and personal interviews. To be selected into the program, high school students must have completed at least their junior year and have maintained a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Undergraduates in the program must have completed 24 hours of college credit, be majoring in a biomedical or behavioral science, and have maintained a grade point average of at least 3.2.

To learn more about the IU Simon Cancer Center's Summer Research Program and to apply for the 2013 program, visit http://cancer.iu.edu/education/training/summer-research/index.shtml. Questions? Contact the IUPUI Center for Research & Learning at (317) 274-8880.