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(Right to left) Dr. Frank Berger and Kimberly Wright meet with Walker Truluck, Legislative Assistant to Congressman Tom Rice.

On March 14 and 15, CCCR Director Dr. Frank Berger attended the "Call-on-Congress" up in Washington DC, with gastroenterologist Dr. March Seabrook and WIS-TV anchor Dawndy Mercer Plank.  This event was sponsored by Fight Colorectal Cancer, a national advocacy organization dedicated to reducing the toll of colorectal cancer across the United States.  The main focus of the "Call-on-Congress" was on meeting Congressional legislators to get them behind colorectal cancer research and prevention.  This involved educating them about the disease, about basic research on it, and about preventive screening to reduce its occurrence.  It was a busy couple of days!  Stimulating much of the discussion was the National Cancer Institute's recent report that the incidence of colorectal cancer is increasing in young adults.  Strategies to address this issue are needed.




Sorensen Endowment recipients group photo
(Left to right: John MacArthur, Pearman deTreville Parker Hayne, Heather Mentrup, Donna Sorensen, Jiali Zheng, and Minghui Li)


Donna Sorensen, former USC First Lady, paid a special visit to the University to greet the first recipients of the Donna and Andrew Sorensen Endowment for Health Sciences Fund.  The Sorensen Endowment was a gift to the CCCR to support, as well as attract, outstanding graduate students conducting cancer research leading to a PhD degree.  This year’s recipients are Taryn Cranford from the School of Medicine, Heather Mentrup from the College of Arts and Sciences, Minghui “Sam” Li from the College of Pharmacy, Pearman deTreville Parker Hayne from the College of Nursing, John MacArthur from the College of Arts and Sciences, and Jiali Zheng from the Arnold School of Public Health.

Mrs. Sorensen met the Endowment recipients at a luncheon hosted by President Harris Pastides and First Lady Patricia Moore-Pastides at the President’s House.  There, she shared her thoughts on the importance of their research and encouraged the students to “pay it forward” and use the research supported by this award to improve society.  Afterwards, each of the students offered a few comments about their research. 

­­CCCR Summer Undergraduate Minority Research Program

The Center for Colon Cancer Research (CCCR) at the University of South Carolina is leading the development of innovative and groundbreaking research in colorectal cancer. One of the primary goals of the CCCR is to foster the progression of young scientists, and we are seeking undergraduate students to participate in research internships in a cancer-related field (e.g., biological sciences, pharmacy, public health).

Program details:

  • 10 week program: May 22, 2017 - July 28, 2017
  • $4,000 stipend, on-campus housing, and up to $1,000 travel expenses
  • Summer research symposium
  • Professional development workshops and research seminars


  • Rising juniors and seniors
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Any major related to biomedical or public health research
  • Underrepresented minority: African-American, Hispanic American, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander

To apply, please submit the following by February 17th:

  • a personal statement describing your interest in cancer research (no longer than one page)
  • a current transcript (Official transcript should be mailled)
  • two letters of support from science professors
  • preferences for up to 3 potential faculty mentors (see our list here.)


Apply now!


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