American Cancer Society’s New Diversity in Cancer Research Program

American Cancer Society’s New Diversity in Cancer Research Program

The American Cancer Society today announced the Diversity in Cancer Research program, a permanent umbrella that will support the American Cancer Society’s effort to foster a more diverse scientific workforce community. The initial investment will be made to launch Diversity in Cancer Research internships, which will offer biomedical cancer research internships for undergraduate students from racial and ethnic backgrounds that are underrepresented in the scientific community. “The American Cancer Society’s goal is to decrease the U.S. cancer death rate by an additional 40% by 2035,” said American Cancer Society Chief Executive Officer Gary Reedy. The Diversity in Cancer Research program will build on the American Cancer Society’s existing research career development grant programs by promoting the training of undergraduate students underrepresented in biomedical cancer research and encouraging the pursuit of careers that will increase diversity in cancer research. It is our joy to assist in this important work alongside the American Cancer Society.”To begin, 40 internships per year for 10 years will be granted under the “American Cancer Society/Gross Family Diversity in Research Internship” name.

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