UHAND scholars-in-training are undergraduate and doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows who are committed to a career in cancer disparities research.
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 will be encouraged to use research experiences toward an F31 predoctoral fellowship application for their dissertation research. Postdoctoral scholars will also be expected to develop career development proposals (e.g., K01 or K07). Other potential sources of funds include seed funding programs at MDA and UH.
Upon completion of the program, scholars will have the necessary attitudes, knowledge, and skills to:
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.