Since 1999, the U54 Cancer Partnership has been engaged in interdisciplinary basic sciences, clinical and cancer control activities focused on addressing the disproportionate cancer incidence, morbidity and mortality in minority and/or underserved populations.

Goal: To provide excellent training and education in cancer research to medical students, graduate students, and undergraduate students from our partnership institutions.

Objective:   Significantly increase the number of minority and non-minority medical and undergraduates participating in cancer research.

Aims: 1.)To provide support (Stipend and tuition and fees) for the training of 1 Masters in public health (MPH) and one Ph.D. student in Biological Sciences at Tennessee State University (TSU). 2.) To establish an Undergraduate Summer Cancer Research program for Undergraduate Chemistry and Biology (rising Juniors and rising Seniors) 3.) to establish a Cancer Biochemistry/Biology course for undergraduate students at TSU to be taken by all participants in the Undergraduate Summer Cancer Research program.

Summer Research Program

The Summer Research Program is designed to train the next generation of competitive researchers in cancer and overcoming cancer health disparities through research and training. This program is committed to enhancing the understanding of the causes of disparities and to reduce and eliminate inequities in the cancer burden among populations experiencing cancer disparities.

The Meharry Medical College-Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center-Tennessee State University Cancer Partnership’s Summer Cancer Research Training Program is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).