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Diversity in Cancer Research (DICR) Programs

American Cancer Society-funded training for underrepresented graduates and undergraduates in STEM

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O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center seeks to create a diverse research environment where those from underrepresented populations can thrive. We offer two unique programs that are funded by American Cancer Society (ACS) Diversity in Cancer Research (DICR) grants.

Post-Baccalaureate Fellows Program

Our ACS DICR Post-Baccalaureate Fellows Program is an intensive two-year research enrichment program. It prepares diverse biomedical and STEM graduates for professional graduate programs and careers in cancer research. This program includes:

  • $30,000 annual fellowship stipend plus health care options
  • Tuition for professional development and academic enrichment courses
  • Faculty mentoring curated by research area
  • In-lab research experience with O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center mentors
  • Experiential preparation for graduate and/or medical school
  • O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center Trainee membership
  • Maximum of four (4) Fellowship awards
Eligibility Requirements
  • Undergraduate degree in Biomedical science or STEM field
  • Good academic standing with at least a 3.0 GPA
  • Cannot be simultaneously enrolled in a graduate degree program
  • A high priority will be given to individuals from National Institute of Health-designated underrepresented minority groups

Undergraduate Internship Program

Our ACS DICR Internship Program for undergraduates provides diverse students expert mentoring and hands-on learning to nurture their interest in scientific research. The internships include:

  • 10-week paid summer internship
  • $5000 internship stipend plus housing
  • In-lab research experience with O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center Mentors
  • O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center Trainee Membership
  • Maximum of four (4) internships available
Eligibility Requirements
  • Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors with an interest in any STEM discipline
  • Good academic standing, with at least a 3.0 overall GPA
  • Must not be on track to receive a bachelor’s degree before the internship program would end
  • Full-time students not enrolled in summer courses concurrent with the internship
  • A high priority will be given to those from National Institutes of Health-designated underrepresented minority groups
For more information, message Patrick Bolack at pbolack@uab.edu.

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