Award Finalist: Dr. Amelie Ramirez’s Latino Cancer Research Training Program

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Éxito! Latino Cancer Research Leadership Training has been named a finalist for Excelencia in Education’s “Examples of Excelencia” that spotlight evidence-based practices that support Latino students in higher education.

Éxito! and 20 other finalists were chosen from 139 applications.

Winning “Examples of Excelencia” in four categories—associate, baccalaureate, graduate, and community-based organizations—will be announced at Excelencia in Education’s annual Celebración de Excelencia on Oct. 11, 2018, in Washington, D.C. Excelencia in Education is a national group that promotes Latinos in higher education.

Exito LogoÉxito!, led by Salud America! director Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez of UT Health San Antonio, recruits 25 Latino students and health professionals annually for a culturally tailored curriculum to promote pursuit of a doctoral degree and cancer research career.

“We’re excited by the recognition of our program as an ‘Example of Excelencia,'” Ramirez said. “We aim to help Latinos take the next steps from a master’s degree to get their doctoral degree and focus on careers in Latino cancer research and prevention.”

Éxito! has trained more than 175 students and professionals since 2011.

Examples of Excelencia bade for ExitoÉxito! recently conducted its annual five-day summer institute June 4-8, 2018, in San Antonio, Texas. The summer institute features Latino researchers to inform about the latest in Latino cancer, enhance career development, and provide motivation to apply for doctoral programs. Institute participants also join group discussions to foster networking, sharing of personal cultural experiences, and learning what it means to be a minority in an academic environment.

The program also offers paid internships for pilot research.

Earlier this year, Éxito! was named an innovative “Program to Watch” in a report by Excelencia in Education. The group also includes Éxito! as part of its “Growing What Works Database.”

Now Éxito! has made the group’s finalist list for the “Examples of Excelencia.”

“All of the finalists are exceptional examples of programs that make a demonstrable difference in promoting Latino student success through degree completion,” said Deborah Santiago, CEO of Excelencia in Education, in a news release. “The 2018 Examples of Excelencia will demonstrate the possibilities and inspire other professionals who seek to advance Latino student success.”

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