Education Resources at Markey

At Markey, there are a variety of resources available for advancing education and expertise. Learn more by exploring the opportunities offered by the Oncology Career Enhancement Program below. For more information, please contact the Associate Director of Cancer Education and Mentoring, Dr. Kathleen O’Connor or the Cancer Education Coordinator, Dr. Erin Oakley

Check the MCC Trainee Calendar online to stay up-to-date with all of the latest events.

Markey Cancer Trainee Network

If you would like to stay in the loop about training related networking opportunities and resources, please contact the Education Coordinator Erin Oakley and ask to join the Cancer Trainee Network.

Individual Fellowship Resources

Individual Fellowship resources are available to help you as you work toward submission.

  • Research Communications Office

The Markey Cancer Center’s Research Communications Office (RCO) was created to help cancer researchers secure grants and publish their findings. The RCO staff offers a variety of services including grant and presentation editing, graphic design, web development, and event planning.

Learn more at the RCO webpage.

  • Proposal Development Office

The Proposal Development Office (PDO) is a support unit at the University of Kentucky focused on the pre-award stage of funding. They provide a wide-range of support to faculty, staff and students across all stages of their grant and fellowship applications.

Learn more at the PDO webpage.

For assistance identifying funding sources, obtaining fellowship examples, or learning about our Fellowship Boot Camp, please contact Cancer Education Coordinator Erin Oakley.

Trainee Travel Resources

MCC Travel Award

Markey offers $500 competitive cancer-specific travel awards for trainees to attend scientific meetings to present their work, attend workshops, or travel to other laboratories to learn about their best lab skills and practices. 

Travel Award application and details can be found below.

Office of Biomedical Education Travel Award

Funds are available to doctoral graduate students for assistance with expenses relating to travel to present research at professional meetings only. 

Office of Undergraduate Research Travel Awards

Research Travel Grants (up to $600) are awarded to undergraduate students to help subsidize travel costs incurred while presenting at local and national conferences. 

Junior Faculty Resources

CCTS KL2 Career Development Program

This program offers research training and funding opportunities for junior faculty to foster a career in clinical/translational research.

The key to this program is the interaction between the awardees and their mentorship team. The goal is to help awardees obtain an individual career development award (i.e. K) or an independent investigator (i.e. R01) award. 

Learn more about this program.

MCC Pilot Awards

Several pilot funding opportunities are offered directly through the cancer center. 

Learn more about these funding opportunities.

CCTS Pilot Awards

The CCTS program at UK provides multiple types of pilot funding opportunities to stimulate collaborative, translational research. These funding mechanisms prioritize multidisciplinary research and projects that focus on health disparities, particularly in Appalachia.

Learn more about these funding opportunities.

Center of Research in Obesity and Cardiovascular Diseases (COCVD) Pilot Awards

The COCVD at UK offers pilot project grants through the Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE). These grants assist investigators in generating research data on the relationship between obesity and cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer or neurodegenerative diseases to be competitive for extramural funding. Junior faculty members are especially encouraged to apply.

Learn more about these funding opportunities.

MCC Journal Clubs

In order to support transdisciplinary collaborations among MCC faculty and trainees, several journal clubs meet monthly. Trainees are encouraged to attend to increase their knowledge and promote communication and dialogue among MCC programs.

  • For Cancer Biology journal club information, please contact Jessica Blackburn.
  • For DNA Repair journal club information, please contact Eva Goellner.
  • For Metabolomics Forum journal club information, please contact Ramon Sun.
  • For Stem Cell Meeting journal club information, please contact Tianyan Gao.

Fall 2021 Career Development Seminars

The Offices of Biomedical Education, Postdoctoral Affairs, and Cancer Education and Mentoring offer a series of seminars on Tuesdays at 12PM.  Click the links below for more details.

Sept. 14
12 p.m.

Scientific Careers in the Legal Sector

  • Brent Hackett

Sept. 21
12 p.m.

Meet Your New Assistant Director for Graduate/Professional Student & Postdoctoral Support

  • Dr. Tithi Basu Mallik, Stuckert Career Center

Sept. 28
12 p.m.

MCC Career Enhancement Club: Leveraging GI Cancers for Career in Academic Medicine 

  • Dr. Joseph Kim, MD, FACS

Sept. 30
12 p.m.

Methods to Promote Data Reproducibility in Laboratory Research - Part 1: Data Reproducibility Crisis & Response, Experimental Rigor, & Written Method

Oct. 7
12 p.m.

Methods to Promote Data Reproducibility in Laboratory Research - Part 2: Good Documentation Practices, Data Sharing, & Record Retention

Oct. 12
12 p.m.

Designing a Chalk Talk

  • Dr. Katie Salmeron, Department of Neuroscience

Oct. 14
12 p.m.

Methods to Promote Data Reproducibility in Laboratory Research - Part 3: Equipment Use, Maintenance, Testing, & Personnel Training

Oct. 19
12 p.m.

UKY Professional Development Office (PDO) Resources for Trainees

Oct. 26

MCC Career Enhancement Club: Transitioning from Academia to a Medical Science Liaison (MSL) Role

  • Jessica Macedo, Ph.D.
  • Sephanie Rock, Ph.D.

Nov. 9

Networking & Self-Promotion

  • Dr. Analia Loria Kinsey, Pharmacology & Nutritional Sciences

Nov. 16

Translational Science & Biobanking

  • Dr. Ken Campbell, Physiology

General Education Resources

In addition to visiting our programs and fellowship opportunities, we recommend taking advantage of the following online resources to continue education opportunities

Interested in cancer research education at Markey? 

Contact Cancer Education Coordinator Erin Oakley to be matched with researchers, mentors and/or clinicians. 

Shared Resource Facility

In publications, always be sure to acknowledge a shared resource facility (SRF) if their services were used in any way for your research. Learn more about each SRF by visiting the webpages below.

Weekly research email

The UK College of Medicine’s weekly research email offers the latest highlights and opportunities available within the College of Medicine. Contact Cancer Education Coordinator Erin Oakley to subscribe to the weekly email.

Individual Development Plan

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine has created an Individual Development Plan (IDP) for use with graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. The IDP is a tool that helps students and mentors define academic and scientific progress, identify professional development needs, and establish career objectives.

UK Society of Post-Doctoral Scholars

The Society of Postdoctoral Scholars (SOPS) is an organization of postdocs at the University of Kentucky. SOPS assists current, past or incoming postdocs with career advice, professional development, and networking opportunities. SOPS is a UK student organization and has wide variety of members from colleges across campus and are always looking for postdocs who want to participate in SOPS leadership roles.

Visit their website to learn more about their mission and the resources they provide.

National Postdoctoral Association

The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) is a non-profit organization providing a unique, national voice for postdoctoral scholars.

Visit their website to learn more about their mission and the resources they provide.

Markey Cancer Center is NCI-designated

The UK Markey Cancer Center was first designated by the National Cancer Institute in 2013 – a distinction that recognizes our extraordinary ability to provide world-class care for our patients. We are the only NCI-designated cancer center in Kentucky and one of only 71 in the nation.