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Apply now for the 2019 Éxito! Latino Cancer Research Leadership Training program and optional $3,250 internships at the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at UT Health San Antonio, the organization that also runs Salud America!.

Each year, the Éxito! program recruits 25 U.S. master’s level students and professionals to participate in a five-day, culturally tailored Éxito! summer institute to promote pursuit of a doctoral degree and cancer research.

At this next Éxito! summer institute, set for June 10-14, 2019 in San Antonio, participants will interact with Latino researchers, mentors, and doctoral experts to learn about Latino cancer, succeeding in a doctoral program, and the diversity of careers in cancer research.

Ten optional internships also are available to program participants.

Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. CST, Monday, March 4, 2019.

“We want participants to be inspired and empowered to achieve doctoral degrees, then go on and conduct research to understand Latino cancer and identify solutions and interventions to reduce cancer health disparities in this population,” said Dr. Amelie Ramirez, director of Exito!, which is funded by the National Cancer Institute, and based at UT Health San Antonio.

Latinos earn just 3.9% of all science and engineering doctoral degrees conferred, according to a recent report by the National Science Foundation.

Dr. Melawhy Garcia, Exito! Program Graduate
Dr. Melawhy Garcia, 2012 Exito! Program Graduate (center) alongside program leaders Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez at UT Health San Antonio and recently retired Kip Gallion.

Éxito! aims to increase that number.

Of 175 Éxito! trainees since 2011, more than 35% have applied to doctoral programs and more than 20% are currently enrolled in a doctoral program.

The Éxito! summer institute significantly increased trainees’ confidence to apply to a doctoral program and academic self-efficacy, according to a recent study of Éxito! program results published in the Journal of Cancer Education.

The study also found significant increased research skills among Éxito! interns.

Past Éxito! trainees say the program motivated and supported their pursuit of a doctorate.

“I had no one to talk with about the application process. Being a first-generation college graduate and master’s level graduate, I can’t get insight/guidance from family,” said Laura Rubalcava of San Antonio, a 2011 Éxito! trainee. “It’s been inspiring to see people just like me overcome barriers and become successful in their fields.”

Applicants must: be a master’s-level health program student or master’s-trained health professional; have good academic standing; have strong verbal, written, interpersonal, and organizational skills; and not be current or accepted doctoral program students.

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