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SPARCC (Student-centered Program to Advance Research in Cancer Careers) is an 8-week summer program that combines content knowledge and clinical experiences to focus on cancer care, cultural responsiveness, and research. Students will have workshop sessions in the morning and practicum rotations in the afternoon. Each week is designated to one of the eight core topics:

  • Cancer Care and Clinical Trials Operations
  • Culturally Responsive Care
  • Leadership and Professionalism
  • Ethical and Participant Safety Considerations
  • Study and Site Management
  • Cancer Medicines, Development and Regulation
  • Data Management and Informatics
  • Scientific Concepts and Research Design specific to Cancer Research

Eligible SPARCC students…

  • Must be US citizens or permanent residents
  • Are juniors, seniors, or recent graduates from a 4-year college -OR- in the final year of completing an associate’s degree
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above
  • Are from minority groups underrepresented in biomedical research: American Indians or Alaska Natives, Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, Native Hawaiians or Other Pacific Islanders
  • Have health insurance
  • Are passionate about: cancer prevention, treatment and care, biomedical research, healthcare disparities, community engagement, collaboration and leadership!

SPARCC Benefits

  • Become an expert in clinical cancer trials
  • Academic/scholarly advising
  • Career counseling
  • Monetary weekly stipend to support research and learning efforts during the 8 week program
  • Apple iPad to utilize for research efforts
  • Access to MCW faculty and resources
  • Cultural experiences
  • Presentation assistance
  • Network with nationally renowned experts
  • Publication opportunities
  • Daily breakfast Team Talks and Lunch & Learns
  • Practicum rotations
  • And so much more!

**SPARCC is prepared to run in-person, virtually, or a hybrid of the two. Applicants should be prepared to participate in any of the scenarios*

Program runs from Thursday, June 9 to Friday, August 5, 2022