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Sherry C. Kidd, M.Ed.
MTPCCR Project Director
UCLA Fielding School
School of Public Health Dept. of Community Health Sciences
P.O. Box 951772
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1772
310.794.7314 (voice) 310.794.1805 (fax)
mtpccr@ph.ucla.edu

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Héctor E. Alcalá, MPH
MTPCCR Associate Project Coordinator
UCLA Fielding School
School of Public Health Dept. of Community Health Sciences
P.O. Box 951772
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1772
310.794.7314 (voice) 310.794.1805 (fax)
hectorapm@ucla.edu

Funded by the National Cancer Institute
(R25 CA078583)

The Minority Training Program in Cancer Control Research

The Minority Training Program in Cancer Control Research (MTPCCR) is designed to encourage minority students to pursue doctoral programs that focus on cancer research. 

Southern California is one of the most ethnically diverse regions in the world, and this diversity is evidenced in the master’s level student populations training in health at Los Angeles Area academic institutions. However, as is true elsewhere, only a small proportion of minority students go on to pursue doctoral degrees, resulting in a national shortage of experienced minority investigators in cancer prevention and control.  to increase ethnic diversity in the field of research and cancer control by encouraging minority students in master's level health programs as well as master’s trained professionals to pursue a doctoral degree and a career in research. The program has been designed to enhance students’:

  1. understanding of the power of research to affect change

  2. awareness of the strengths and limitations of research methods, theory and interventions in eliminating health disparities

  3. interest in cancer control research, from surveillance to epidemiology, individual behavior change, health services, and policy research

  4. research, networking, information seeking skills, motivation, and ability to successfully apply to a doctoral program.

Components

The MTPCCR consists of three components: a Summer Institute, Student Internships, and Doctoral Incentive Awards:

  1. “Careers in Cancer Control Research” Summer Institute
    A five-day Summer Institute designed to showcase the opportunities and need for minority researchers in cancer control. Through the institute, 20-25 students will acquire the motivation, skills, and resources needed to apply to a doctoral program. The Summer Institute has five main goals:

    1. To showcase needs and opportunities for minority researchers in cancer control research.

    2. To demonstrate the importance of cancer control research and the vast impact it has on minority and underserved communities.

    3. To provider participants with an opportunity to interact and establish networks with accomplished researchers from similar backgrounds.

    4. To showcase the diverse spectrum of cancer control research (i.e., access to care, behavioral research, advocacy, and epidemiology) so that participants can relate their own professional interests to the field.

    5. To provide participants with the skills, resources, and support needed to apply to a doctoral program.

  2. Attending faculty include role models and leaders in research from around the country.

  3. Student Internships
    Students and graduates who participate in the Summer Institute can apply for paid internships. Qualified interns will be matched to a program and mentor according to their academic focus and personal interests.

  4. Doctoral Application Support Awards (Dependent on funding)
    Summer Institute participants who wish to pursue a doctorate are eligible to apply for awards up to $2,000 to cover the cost of doctoral program applications, testing, and campus visits.

 

The Minority Training Program in Cancer Control Research (MTPCCR) is a joint program of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center and the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

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