The following coursework and research activities will be completed by each trainee supported by the training grant. Trainee progress and participation will be reviewed by the PIs and Patient Advocate during the program.

  1. Coursework in Cancer Epidemiology (3 credits), Pathology/Neoplasia (3 credits), Health Disparities (3 credits), Ethics (1 credit), and Breast Cancer Disparities Seminar (1 credit)
  2. “Lab” rotations: Conduct research for one semester in a population-based setting and one semester in a preclinical/bench lab setting under the supervision of the PIs and/or mentors. Attend regular “lab” meetings of mentors.
  3. Attend and lead monthly journal clubs
  4. Attend at least four local seminars per year, present one seminar per year
  5. Attend the annual Komen Graduate Training in Disparities Research Trainee Meeting (travel support provided by grant)
  6. Submit and present at least one abstract per year to a national or international scientific conference (travel support is available)
  7. Publish at least one peer-reviewed paper per year as coauthor or first author
  8. Be actively involved in at least one internal and one external grant submission during the training program
  9. Attend at least one ethics seminar or training activity per year
  10. Trainees are encouraged to apply for travel awards and other awards
  11. Complete an Individual Development Plan annually

IGniTE-CD trainees Samantha Truman and Omonefe Omofuma present their research at the Susan G. Komen Graduate Training in Disparities Research meeting held in conjunction with the AACR The Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved meeting in New Orleans, LA in November 2018.