Mentored Research Experience

A key component of UHAND is the mentored research experience. UHAND scholars work with faculty and community mentors on research across the cancer continuum. Projects range from identifying biological risk factors for cancer to implementing quality of life interventions that target tobacco use, diet, and physical activity in cancer survivors. Working and collaborating with an established mentor provides a unique opportunity for scholars to be involved in cutting edge cancer disparities research.

  • UHAND mentors work with scholars to develop a project based on their mutual interests and guide scholars in activities such as developing research questions and proposals, synthesizing current knowledge and research, determining appropriate research methods and statistical analyses, and presenting and publishing findings.

  • UHAND scholars:

    • Are at the forefront of many pressing issues in cancer disparities, including development and implementation of physical activity, diet, and tobacco cessation programs.

    • Use emerging technologies such as fMRI, accelerometry, and/or mobile technology.

    • Investigate and analyze biological samples, like saliva and/or blood.

    • Have the opportunity to gain skills and experience in qualitative research methods, cultural adaptation, intervention development, community-based research, grant writing, and manuscript preparation.

  • Examples of research project topics include:

    • Intervention development for Hispanic families to increase physical activity and healthy eating

    • Behavioral and pharmacological treatments for nicotine dependence

    • Cultural tailoring of smoking cessation interventions for Latino smokers

    • Evaluating diet and physical activity interventions for cancer survivors