BBRI offers several learning opportunities for NCCU undergraduates that extend beyond traditional classroom and laboratory courses. Interested undergrads may contact individual faculty members about doing mentored laboratory research. In addition, specialized training programs are also available such as the Partners Program, a partnership between North Carolina Central University and UNC-Chapel Hill designed to introduce undergraduate students to either cancer laboratory research or to the field ofpublic health.
The Partners Program begins with an intensive summer experience followed by a 9-month research assistantship beginning the following fall and requires a one-year commitment from the students who are accepted into the program.
Students in the Basic Cancer Laboratory Research component participate in a 10-week summer research program at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, which includes workshops on GRE preparation as well as making oral and poster presentations. Students in the Public Health component participate in the 8-week Summer Public Health Fellowship (SPHF) Program at the UNC Gillings Global School of Public Health, where they will be introduced to basic public health concepts, career options, personal leadership, online communications, cultural competencies and writing skills applicable to the public health field. During the summer experience students reside in housing on the UNC campus, have access to UNC recreational facilities and other campus resources. They receive a stipend for personal travel and living expenses (either $4,600 for the 10-week Basic Cancer Research program or $3,800 for the 8-week Public Health program).
In the academic year following the summer program, students are assigned to a cancer research project (either basic cancer research or public health cancer research), where they work as research assistants and receive a stipend of $1,600 per semester. In addition, students attend monthly multidisciplinary dinner meetings where they share their research with other interns.
Applicants must: 1) be U.S. citizens or permanent residents; 2) be enrolled at NCCU as sophomores or juniors at the time of application; 3) have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above at the time of application; and Basic Cancer Research applicants must 4) have completed an introductory biology, introductory chemistry and organic chemistry. These classes should be listed on the application as relevant courses. (Public Health applicants should list under relevant courses any biology or health education courses they have taken.)