Markey STRONG Scholars Program

Markey Science Training in Research, Oncology, Networking and professional Growth (STRONG) Scholars Program:

Diversity in science is a key to innovation and discovery. At Markey, we are dedicated to creating an equitable and inclusive research environment and to developing pipelines for individuals from groups that are underrepresented in science to find their voices and use their talents toward our common goal of eliminating cancer health disparities, eradicating mortality from cancer and improving the lives of cancer survivors.

The Markey STRONG Scholars program is a cornerstone of this mission. Supported by funding from the American Cancer Society as well as the University of Kentucky Diversity and Inclusion UNited In True racial Equity (UNITE) Research Priority Area and the University of Kentucky College of Medicine Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the Markey STRONG Scholars program is a 10-week program that aims to provide career and professional development for college sophomores, juniors, and seniors interested in cancer research who come from historically underserved or underrepresented ethnic and racial backgrounds.

Our program seeks to introduce Scholars to cancer research, foster resilience needed for the rigors of a career in science, and increase knowledge of cancer.

Aspects of our program include:

  • Markey Strong PresentationsPersonalized mentored research experiences with cancer center mentors and near-peer mentors
  • Didactic and interactive cancer research lectures from Markey faculty and trainees
  • Clinical shadowing experiences with Markey oncology specialists
  • Networking and career development activities
  • Social activities with Markey faculty and trainees

At the end of the program, scholars present their work as part of an Undergraduate Summer Research poster session.

Application Information

Application opens: Jan. 10, 2022

Application deadline: Feb. 21, 2022

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Contact Us

To learn more about the Markey STRONG Scholars Program at the Markey Cancer Center, please contact Dr. Erin Oakley (program coordinator; 859-323-0474; erinjoakley@uky.edu), Dr. Brittany Rice (program co-director; b.rice@uky.edu) or Dr. Kathleen O’Connor (program director; kloconnor@uky.edu).

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.

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