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BRIGHT Program: Biomedical Research - Opportunity for Students interested in pursuing Cancer Research.

10/31/ 2016

Program Goals

The goal of this supplement is to support promising high school and undergraduate students from historically underrepresented minorities in the biomedical sciences in mentored research experiences within MD Anderson and UPR laboratories, as a means toward launching their successful careers in cancer research.

The specific aim of this supplement is to engage and support academically outstanding high school and undergraduate college students from the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico education system into biomedical sciences mentored research experiences within UPR laboratories, with the final goal of preparing them to successfully pursue careers in cancer research.

Students that are selected to participate in the BRIGHT-CURE program will be given the opportunity to conduct a mentored research project under the guidance of a full-time UPR faculty member.

Stipends. Participants in MD Anderson’s BRIGHT-CURE program will receive a stipend of a maximum of $3,262 for 12 weeks (i.e. $7.25/hour for 37.5 hours/week). The twelve weeks include 10 weeks during the summer and the equivalent of 2 weeks during the fall and spring semesters.

The students must commit to 2 years of participation in the Program.

Undergraduate College Students

Eligibility: a student who has completed the freshman year in a science program at one of the UPR undergraduate campuses (located in the metropolitan area) and be a member of an underserved community.

Students Characteristics/profile:

Interest towards research and the field of cancer

excellent academic record (particularly in math and science)

as well as the students’ conduct and ethics are also very important

strong interest in pursuing a career in biomedical research

Requirements:

Submit an official transcript with accumulative grade average

Submit a personal statement in which applicants are asked to describe past research experience and future interests.

Recommendations from:

2 professors from related matters such as biology, chemistry, physics or mathematics.


BRIGHT Program Schedule

YEAR 1

December 2016

Exact date TBA

Orientation and Mentor Assignment

January 9 to 13, 2017

8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.


Intensive Course, INTD 8996, Advanced Topics in Cancer: “Emerging Technologies for Detection and Treatment of Cancer”.

January 20 to May 12,  2017

Every Friday

8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Mentored cancer/biomedical research practical experiences at UPR Cancer Center and Medical Sciences Campus


Courses in Fundamental Skills for Cancer Research

May 22 to 26, 2017

Every Day

8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Core Curriculum of lectures and workshops including required basic training on topics related to laboratory biosafety, essential skills to conduct cancer research and topics within the wide scope of cancer, such as, cancer biology, cancer prevention and cancer genetics.


Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative online courses (CITI) Certification

May 30 to June 30, 2017

Every Day

8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Mentored cancer/biomedical research practical experiences at UPR Cancer Center and Medical Sciences Campus.


Weekly seminar series.

YEAR 2

July 1 to July 28, 2017

Every Day

8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Mentored cancer/biomedical research practical experiences at UPR Cancer Center and Medical Sciences Campus.


Weekly seminar series.

August 18 to December 14, 2017

Every Friday

1:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Mentored cancer/biomedical research practical experiences at UPR Cancer Center and Medical Sciences Campus


Courses in Fundamental Skills for Cancer Research

January 8 to 12, 2018

8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.


INTD 8996 – Advanced Topics in Cancer

(Intensive Course)

January 19 to May 11,  2018

Every Friday

1:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Mentored cancer/biomedical research practical experiences at UPR Cancer Center and Medical Sciences Campus


Courses in Fundamental Skills for Cancer Research

May 23 to June 29, 2018

Every Day

8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Mentored cancer/biomedical research practical experiences at UPR Cancer Center and Medical Sciences Campus.


Weekly seminar series.

Mentors:

Abel Baerga

Marcia Cruz Correa

Elba C. Diaz

Suranganie Dharmawardhane Flanagan

Margarita Irizarry-Ramírez

Magaly Mart?nez-Ferrer

Loyda M. Meléndez

Ana Patricia Ortiz

Maribel Tirado

Pablo Vivas

Vivian Colón-López

Luis Pericchi



Ilka C. Ríos, D.M.D., M.S.

Professor, School of Dental Medicine

Program Director for Training and Education

UPR / M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

Collaborative U54 Grant NIH-NCI CA 096297

Phone.  1-787-758-2525 Exts. 1223 (Office)  1140 (Clinic)

Email  ilka.rios@upr.edu