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The Center for Colon Cancer Research is hosting its 3rd year of the Summer Undergraduate Minority Research Program for minority students who have an interest in biomedical research.  This program has been running since May 22nd, and ends on July 28, 2017.  The goal of the Summer Undergraduate Minority Research Program is for each student to work in a research laboratory related to his or her career interests, and to decide whether a research career is a good fit.  For those students interested in a research career, this program will provide them with information for applying and being accepted to a high-caliber graduate training program.  This Summer experience, along with hard work and good grades, will help the students become highly competitive applicants.

Summer Undergraduate Minority Research students for summer 2017This year, the Summer Undergraduate Minority Research Program has a total of six students, who are:

  • Josue Banegas from Greenville, SC, who is working with Dr. Doug Pittman in Pharmacy;
  • Zachary Gomez from San Juan, Puerto Rico, working with Dr. Michael Wyatt and Dr. Michael Shtutman in Pharmacy;
  • Sasha Hodge from Kannapolis, NC, working with Dr. Jason Stewart in Biology;
  • Lisette Payero from Aiken, SC, working with Dr. Lydia Matestic in Biology;
  • Amani Rashad from Fayetteville, NC, working with Dr. Mythreye Karthikeyan in Chemistry and Biochemistry;
  • Austin White from Rock Hill, SC, working with Dr. Jim Carson in Public Health.

IMG 1005Dr. March Seabrook, a Columbia Gastroenterologist, colorectal cancer advocate, and supporter of the CCCR,  was recently awarded the 2017 Molina Healthcare Community Champion Award for his dedication to improving colorectal cancer screening and awareness in South Carolina.  The Community Champion Award recognizes those who demonstrate selfless dedication to improving the quality of life in the communities they serve.  Winners receive $1,000 that they can donate to a non-profit organization of their choice.  Dr. Seabrook has donated his award to the CCCR, with which he works closely in promoting awareness of screening and in carrying out colonoscopies for the uninsured of South Carolina.

Public health researcher Jan Eberth measures access, quality of cancer prevention, treatment


Jan Eberth, University of South Carolina's 2017 Breakthrough Star

The thing that struck Jan Eberth about cancer was the sheer number of people it affects.

She is no exception. Eberth’s mother was diagnosed with colon cancer in her early 30s. Though rare at such a young age, the cancer was not aggressive, and her mother was successfully treated and remains cancer-free. The experience, though, solidified Eberth’s interest in what would become her career path.

“A lot of people go into research areas that have touched them personally, but for me, the wide-reaching impact of cancer also factored into my decisions to study the disease,” says Eberth, an assistant professor of epidemiology and biostatistics in the Arnold School of Public Health. “We’re talking about one out of every two men and one out of every three women being at risk for developing cancer in their lifetime.”

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