Undergraduate Students Engage in Cancer Research at the Stephenson Cancer Center

Ten undergraduate students have been selected to a competitive summer program working in cancer research laboratories at the Stephenson Cancer Center at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

The Cancer Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) Program provides students experience working on nationally funded research projects under the mentorship of senior faculty leaders. This experience prepares students for careers in the field of cancer research and medicine.

At the completion of the eight-week program, students will engage in a poster presentation of their research to gain experience in organizing, interpreting, and discussing their research results.

The 2016 CURE Program Scholars include:

Jan Bian, Oklahoma Christian University
Garret Boren, Oklahoma State University
Landon Hester, Oklahoma Christian University
Ryan Jones, Oklahoma Christian University
Dusenge Shaida Kamali, Oklahoma Christian University
Nadya Mamedova, University of Oklahoma
Julie Nguyen, University of Oklahoma
Kaitlyn Norton, Grinnell College- Iowa
Benjamin Zhao, California Institute of Technology
Alex Zhu, Duke University

Students are matched with experienced mentors to guide them through the research process. Mentors include: Sukyung Woo, PhD, Danny Dhanasekaran, PhD, Joe Zhao, PhD, Priyabratta Mukerjee, PhD, Resham Bhattacharya, PhD, Jie Wu, PhD, Doris Benbrook, PhD, Jennifer Vidrine, PhD, Asish Gosh, PhD, and James Battiste, MD, PhD.

“Being able to work with researchers that are top in their field of study provides us with a great opportunity to learn in areas that we can’t see in the classroom,” said Alex Zhu 2016 CURE Program Scholar.

The Program is now entering its seventh year and has mentored more than 60 undergraduate students since commencement. To apply for the CURE Program, you must meet certain eligibility criteria including: enrolled as an undergraduate student with between 60 and 100 credit hours, a United States citizen or permanent resident or have unrestricted employment authorizations, and the ability to commit to the programs entire nine-week time frame. Applicants must submit all of the following required documents by January 15th, 2017.

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