Research Education | Cancer Center Partnership

Research Education

The mission of the Research Education (RE) Core is to grow the next generation of underrepresented research scientists and health professionals devoted to solving cancer health disparities by nurturing the academic success of undergraduates underrepresented in a range of disciplines, through hands-on training, workshops, and mentorships from San Diego State University (SDSU) and the UC San Diego (UCSD).

The Partnership Scholars Program is designed to educate scholars about cancer biology as well as social determinants of cancer prevention and treatment follow up and inspire them to apply their skills toward solving cancer health disparities. The Specific Aims of the program are:

  1. Enhance the success and retention of both underrepresented and non-underrepresented undergraduates by providing educational workshops led by faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students.
  2. Increase the number of undergraduate students from underrepresented groups participating in cancer research projects and broaden the range of disciplines these students pursue by providing research opportunities (Partnership Scholars) supported by the RE Core Program
  3. Collaborate with ongoing research education programs at both partnership sites to develop and implement a program that will supplement and enrich these ongoing programs by focusing on the areas of cancer research and cancer disparities.

The Research Education Core is co-directed by Sanford Bernstein, PhD, Distinguished Professor, SDSU Biology Department and Sheila E. Crowe, MD, Professor at UC San Diego Department of Medicine.

The Program Contact is Jennifer Suggs, MS, Research Education Core/Partnership Scholars Program Coordinator. You can reach her at or by calling her at (619) 594-2613.