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2017 North Carolina Summer Undergraduate Prostate Cancer Research Program

Wake Forest Baptist Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Department of Cancer Biology are pleased to announce the North Carolina Summer Undergraduate Prostate Cancer Research Program, a summer research program for underrepresented minority students.  

The training program for summer students is a joint effort between the Comprehensive Cancer Center of Wake Forest University (CCCWFU), Department of Cancer Biology at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, North Carolina A&T State University (NC-AT) and Winston-Salem State University (WSSU). North Carolina is among the most diverse states in the nation, and ranks seventh in the U.S. with respect to percentage of African American residents. Unfortunately, the state is also ranked #7 in the U.S. for incidence of prostate cancer, in part because of disparities among African American men. The goal of this project is to provide training opportunities in prostate cancer research to underrepresented minority students at the Cancer Center of Wake Forest University who can then strive to address this important public-health issue in our region. The training program consists of six critical components: (i) hands-on experiences in laboratory research related to prostate cancer under selected mentors; (ii) didactic lectures on basic and clinical aspects of prostate cancer; (iii) attendance at seminars and a journal club with graduate students; (iv) clinical shadowing in Urology clinics; (v) presentation of research at a prostate cancer symposium at the end of the training period; and (vi) subsequent guidance on selecting and applying for graduate school.  Students will be exposed to basic and clinical projects at the cutting edge of prostate cancer research, with the goal of inspiring students to choose a career in prostate cancer research. 

Duration of the program 

May 31, 2017 - July 28, 2017


Applicants need to meet the following criteria:

  1. Sophomore through senior year students at the following institutions.
    - North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NC-AT) 
    - Winston-Salem State University (WSSU)
  2. Overall undergraduate GPA above 3.2.  

Number of positions available

Six students will be accepted.

Deadline of Application

March 15, 2017.  Applicants will be notified by April 1, 2017. 


$6,000 (Housing, meal and travel expenses are your responsibility.  Taxes are deducted.)   


Housing is not provided, but the program will provide help in finding appropriate accommodations on the Wake Forest University campus if needed. 


Please visit the online application to submit your application package.  


Kelly McNeal (Wake Forest) (
Perpetua Muganda, Ph.D. (NC-AT) (
Stephanie Dance-Barnes, Ph.D. (WSSU)(

Further information

Wake Forest Baptist Comprehensive Cancer Center
Department of Cancer Biology at Wake Forest School of Medicine

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University

Winston-Salam State University

US Department of Defense Prostate cancer program

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