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UHAND scholars-in-training are undergraduate and doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows who are committed to a career in cancer disparities research.

UHAND scholars-in-training:

  • Partner with a mentoring team that includes faculty and community mentors who are fully engaged in the research process

  • Have access to state-of-the-art and emerging technologies and facilities

  • Complete individual development plans that outline their research projects with their faculty mentors, required and elective coursework, seminars, and training activities, as well as the development/refinement of short- and long-term goals in cancer disparities research

  • Engage in numerous interactive service learning opportunities provided through the EP

  • Participate in MDA’s outstanding Cancer Prevention Research Training Program (CPRTP), which includes the Summer Research Experience


Doctoral scholars are encouraged to use research experiences toward an F31 predoctoral fellowship application for their dissertation research. Postdoctoral scholars are also expected to develop career development proposals (e.g., K01 or K07). Other potential sources of funds include seed funding programs at MDA and UH.


Scholars are expected to have the necessary attitudes, knowledge, and skills to do the following upon completion of the program:

  1. Design and conduct tobacco, diet, and physical activity research in black and Hispanic populations;

  2. Understand, measure, and address social inequities in tobacco use, diet, and physical activity disparities;

  3. Identify sources of strength and resiliency in underserved communities and incorporate them into prevention and intervention efforts;

  4. Implement tobacco, diet, and physical activity interventions with communities and in community settings; and

  5. Thrive in academic medicine careers.

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