Twelve undergraduate college students will spend their summer working in cancer research laboratories as participants in the Stephenson Cancer Center’s Summer Research Scholars program. The program, now in its third year, allows the students to work under the mentorship of senior cancer scientists and will encourage their interest and preparation for careers in cancer research or medicine. The cancer laboratories are located at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.
The students will assist with a variety of research projects that are funded by grants from the National Cancer Institute and other cancer-fighting organizations. In addition, each student will complete an independent research project and present their findings to their class and mentors at the end of the term.
While primarily focusing on laboratory cancer research, the students will have the opportunity to interact with cancer physicians and patients to get a better understanding of the relationship between research and care.
"Working for the Cancer Center again this summer has allowed me to continue to progress academically by working alongside skilled researchers,” noted Lacy Brame, who attends the University of Oklahoma. “Through this program, I have been able to apply my academic knowledge to practical applications in research. This program creates a stimulating environment which allows students to thrive academically." Brame returns to the program for her third year.
This year’s class of scholars represents eight different universities and three states. Now in its third year, the Summer Research Scholar Program has hosted 22 students from universities across Oklahoma. The program is supported by the Broken Arrow Lady Elks Auxiliary and the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust.
"We are excited to provide these twelve outstanding undergraduate students the opportunity to work alongside Stephenson Cancer Center scientists and learn about research," said Dr. Danny Dhanasekaran, the cancer center's Deputy Director for Basic Research and Scientific Director for the Summer Scholar Program. "Over the next eight weeks these students will learn not just about cancer but also about how scientists from different disciplines are trying to understand and stop cancer. This understanding will be important as they continue their careers in science and medicine."
The 2012 Summer Research Scholars, along with hometown and university, are:
Lacy Brame, Norman, University of Oklahoma
Tiffany Chang, Oklahoma City, University of Oklahoma
Matthew Crow, Chickasha, University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma
Macey Lawson, Leawood (KS), Southern Nazarene University
Ryan Major, Keller (TX), Oklahoma Christian University
Aniruddha Parikh, Norman, Vanderbilt University
Richard Pody, Norman, University of Oklahoma
Jeremiah Reasoner, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Christian University
Christa Riggs, Edmond, Ouachita Baptist University
Mary Siems, Bethany, Southern Nazarene University
Stuardo Trigueros, Moore, University of Oklahoma
Neilee Wood, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma City University