Education, Training and Career Enhancement Core

The Stephenson Cancer Center (SCC) plays an important role in training the next generation of cancer research scientists and health professionals for the state and the nation. To fulfill this mission, the SCC provides a wide range of training and mentoring opportunities for students, trainees and faculty at all levels:

The Education, Training and Career Enhancement (ETCE) Core oversees education and mentoring activities at the SCC. Under the direction of the SCC’s Associate Director for Education and Training, the ETCE Core coordinates:

  • Cancer-focused education, training and career enhancement programs
  • Research Seminar Series
  • Research conferences and events
  • Student participant and outcomes tracking
  • Administrative support for NIH and other grant-funded training and mentorship programs
  • Project management and grant writing support for PIs submitting individual career development and institutional training grants
  • Ongoing evaluation of SCC education, training and mentorship activities

The ETCE Core places a particular emphasis on 1) extending cancer-focused education and mentorship opportunities to students and early-stage investigators from underrepresented populations and 2) ensuring that education and training activities align with and support programmatic research occurring at the SCC.

An ETCE Advisory Committee, chaired by the Associate Director for Education and Training, helps ensure effective progress and stakeholder inclusion.


Darrin Akins, PhD
Associate Director for Training and Education, SCC
Director, Oklahoma INBRE Program
Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

Stevie Warner, MHR
Program Coordinator
Education, Training and Career Enhancement Core
Stephenson Cancer Center