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Date: 11 May 2010

Increasing Underrepresented Scientists in Cancer Research: The UCSD CURE Program


The Moores UCSD Cancer Center’s Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences program aims to increase the number of underrepresented students pursuing careers in cancer research, cancer care, and health disparities research. Participants receive 8 weeks of laboratory and classroom training during the summer followed by participation in research mentors’ laboratories. Of the 82 CURE students accrued (2002 and 2008), 91% persisted in science after 1 year. Of the 63 students eligible to graduate in 2009, 7 had dropped out of college; 56 graduated. Of the graduates, 98% were science majors and 61% (34) had already matriculated to graduate or health professional schools for cancer research and clinical care careers.

Presented at

American Association for Cancer Education Meeting, Houston, Texas, October 2009
This research was funded by NIH grants: P30CA23100; U56CA92079/U56CA92081; U54CA132379/U54CA132384; 5P60MD000220; 5R25CA65745; and U01CA114640. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.