SC CHEC Summer Undergraduate Research Training Program

Initiated in 2010, the South Carolina Cancer Health Equity Consortium (SC CHEC) conducts an innovative, inter-institutional, 10-week summer program to attract and catalyze a new generation of diverse biomedical scientists. The program exposes student fellows to current health statistics, disparity gaps in health outcomes, key leaders in biomedical/biobehavioral research, and provides hands-on experience within laboratories currently driving new scientific approaches to understanding the complex science behind the cancer disease.

In the program, undergraduate juniors and seniors engage with investigators at MUSC Hollings Cancer Center to gain exposure to the latest advances in biomedical research spanning basic, clinical, and population sciences with an emphasis on cancer disparity dynamics in South Carolina. This initiative focuses on four of the most disparate cancers nationally and in South Carolina in terms of incidence, morbidity, and mortality: breast, prostate, head/neck, and cervical cancer.

  • Cancer Health Equity course
  • Transferable credit hours
  • Hands-on research experience with cancer scientists
  • Cultural awareness activities
  • GRE prep course
  • Competitive salary
  • Housing available