MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

MD Anderson Training Program to Reduce Breast Cancer Disparities
in Black and Hispanic Women

Through generous funding from a Susan G. Komen Graduate Training in Disparities Research Grant, the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Training Program to Reduce Breast Cancer Disparities in Black and Hispanic Women seeks to develop the next cadre of leaders in breast cancer disparities research, who will be equipped to develop novel strategies to improve the lives of black and Hispanic women with and at risk for breast cancer.

The overall goal of our training program is to recruit highly-qualified graduate students (masters and doctoral) and launch them into research careers focused on reducing breast cancer disparities. Trainees will achieve this goal through the following program activities:

1) Individually-tailored, mentored research projects in breast cancer disparities;

2) Interactive, community-based and clinical breast cancer experiences;

3) Didactic coursework and seminars in breast cancer disparities; and

4) Breast cancer disparities symposium

Our program will support three graduate students each year for one-year appointments, and will provide full support to trainees including a mentoring team consisting of a faculty and community mentor, tuition, stipend, and supplies.

Application Materials:

  1. Discover Application Form
  2. Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Resume
  3. Three (3) letters of recommendation
  4. Personal statement describing your professional goals, research interests, and commitment to breast cancer disparities research
  5. Mentor letter of support (if already identified)
  6. Academic Transcripts

Application Deadline: Spring, 2018 (date to be announced)

Program Leaders:

Lorna McNeill, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Health Disparities Research
Phone: 713-563-1103

Kelly Hunt, MD
Professor and Chair
Department of Breast Surgical Oncology
Phone: 713-792-7216

For more information, please contact Crystal Roberson at or 713-794-1074.