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Editor’s Note: This is the story of a graduate of the 2015 Èxito! Latino Cancer Research Leadership Training program. Apply now for 2016.
Encouraged by his great-grandfather’s spurs and his father’s ever-present support, Andrew Jimenez is driven to make a difference in helping Latinos live healthier lives. He is his family’s first college and grad school student, and he works as a research assistant while he studies health promotion.
He’s open to new topics and challenges because he believes in the mantra, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”
Andrew obtained his bachelor’s degree in biology from Whittier College and is currently attending Claremont Graduate University to obtain his masters in Public Health with a concentration in health promotion.
Andrew applied to the Éxito! Latino Cancer Research Leadership Training program because he thought it would provide him with an understanding of health disparities and how to go about furthering my career within academia. Furthermore, he thought it would expose him to new and current research and discover new research interests.
“[Éxito!] definitely has motivated me to pursue a PhD after my masters when it previously wasn’t a thought,” Jimenez said.
Éxito!, a program funded by the National Cancer Institute and directed by the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, annually selects 20 master’s-level students and health professionals from across the nation to attend a five-day summer institute in June 2016, in San Antonio, to encourage participants to pursue a doctoral degree and a career studying how cancer affects Latinos differently. Participants also can apply for an internship. Apply now.