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.



Learn more about the program from past and present
Markey STRONG scholars.

Current Scholars

Markey STRONG Poster Presentations


  • Personalized 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 Deadline: March 8, 2024
  • Reference Letter Deadline: March 1, 2024
  • Program Dates: May 20 – July 26, 2024


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Markey Cancer Center is designated by the National Cancer Institute as a Comprehensive Cancer Center – a distinction that recognizes our commitment to accelerating precision cancer research and care to patients. We are the first and only NCI-Comprehensive Cancer Center in Kentucky, and one of 57 in the nation.