Florida STRONGER Requirements

Training requirements

Students will join the program in May 2024 and will spend 12 weeks working with a University of Florida faculty on a cancer research project. Students will be expected to spend 80% of their time working on their research project. In addition, students will be provided with mentoring and career development activities to help them prepare a competitive application for graduate school.

Areas of research: Faculty with an established history of research and mentoring provide expertise across the broad spectrum of interdisciplinary cancer research. Interdisciplinary training in cancer research is accomplished by providing trainees with research experiences ranging from basic science, clinical/translational research and population science across this biomedical spectrum and providing a common foundation in cancer research.

Broad areas of cancer research include:

  • Bioinformatics
  • Cancer Genetics
  • Cancer Prevention
  • Cancer Therapeutics
  • Drug Discovery/Development
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Disparities
  • Immunotherapy
  • Molecular/Cellular Cancer Biology

Didactic requirements

The curriculum is designed to provide students with a foundational understanding of basic cancer biology, therapeutics and cutting-edge cancer research. Students will be trained with literature searching, paper reading and proposal writing skills, and will receive guidance and coaching to prepare their Ph.D. applications.

Orientation & Cancer Research Boot Camp: Participants will be required to attend the Orientation and Cancer Research Boot Camp at the beginning of the program. These sessions outline the program expectations and provide an open forum for questions, as well teaching basic research skills in preparation for the students to join the research labs.

Responsible Conduct of Research and Rigor & Reproducibility: STRONGER students will receive instruction, training and supervision in research ethics and scientific rigor.

Cancer conferences: Conferences are designed to promote “cross fertilization” of ideas and to facilitate networking between trainees, mentors and national experts. The program will emphasize the need for all trainees to effectively communicate their research and trainees will actively participate in UF Health Cancer Center seminars or conferences taking place during their tenure in the program.

Presentation requirement: Each participant is required to present a poster at the STRONGER Pathways Program Research Showcase. Additional instructions will be provided. Your abstract and poster must be approved by your mentor before submission.

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