Cancer Health Disparities Summer Research Program Welcomes Interns
The Cancer Health Disparities Summer Research Program (CHDRP) is a collaborative summer internship between the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University (an NCI- designated Comprehensive Cancer Center) and Northeastern Illinois University (a Minority Serving Institution). The CHDRP is an eight-week long summer program designed to provide research experience and training for undergraduate students interested in cancer health disparities research. Students participate in seminars, attend lectures, and receive a stipend to work on faculty-mentored research projects throughout the summer.
CHRDRP is part of NU Neighbors, a partnership between the Lurie Cancer Center and NEIU to help reduce inequalities related to cancer care that is funded by a grant from the National Cancer Institute’s Comprehensive Partnerships to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CPRCHD) program. Four students were selected following an extensive review process from over 30 applications received. The CHDRP is excited to welcome our 2013 summer interns!
Applications for the 2014 Cancer Health Disparities Summer Research Program will be available mid-March 2014!
2013 CHDRP Interns
Ricardo Martinez was born and raised in Chicago. He is a first-generation college student at Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU). He is a rising senior pursuing a degree in social work. Ricardo is interested in the use of research-based evidence to improve health policies and programs. During his senior year field placement, he will be conducting a program evaluation and providing supportive services to formerly incarcerated men returning to the community from Illinois prisons.
Edith Morales is a first-generation college student majoring in biology at NEIU. She is a rising senior who works as a Certified Pharmacy Technician and as a Certified Diabetes Educator. Edith is interested in learning more about health disparities and the social determinants of health. She plans to pursue a master's degree in biology and attend medical school focusing on the field of endocrinology. She would like to become an endocrinologist working to prevent and manage diabetes in underserved populations.
Rogelio Avila emigrated to the U.S. from Mexico in 1998. He is a first-generation college student majoring in biology at NEIU. Rogelio is a rising senior and works as a Certified Medical Assistant. He has witnessed firsthand some of the frustrations and concerns underserved patients experience in healthcare settings. Rogelio plans to attend medical school focusing on the field of oncology. He would like to become an oncologist working with medically underserved populations.
Grace Diyemba emigrated to the U.S. from Cameroon in 1988. She is a first-generation college student who recently graduated from NEIU with a degree in social work. Grace is interested in how sociocultural factors play a role in health attributions and medical adherence. She plans to pursue a master's degree in international social work, and she would like to address health concerns of women and children from a global perspective.