Cancer Citizen Scientist Program

The Cancer Citizen Scientist Program’s mission is to develop the manpower for research advocates who can work closely with cancer scientists to address cancer health disparities.

Program Dates​

Applications Due: Closed until 2021

Program Acceptance Notification: Closed until 2021

Program Training Dates: Closed until 2021


This program is open to cancer survivors and advocates

Those interested in participating must:

  • Submit a completed program application by March 1
  • Submit 2 letters of recommendation by March 1
  • Be able to participate in all scheduled program activities
  • (If selected for the program) confirm participation by reviewing the orientation packet and completing the onboarding forms

Program Location

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 33647, or

Florida A & M University, Tallahassee, FL 32307, or

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90033

Program Objectives

  • Increase the manpower for cancer research advocacy;
  • Strengthen the network of cancer research advocates; and
  • Increase the bidirectional communications between communities and academic scientists to improve the relevance of cancer research.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss three ways that research advocacy is important to improving cancer health equity.
  • Illustrate two examples of ethical cancer research activities that were observed during the experiential training.
  • Determine the relevance of experience sharing and communications between advocates, students, and scientists to the quality of cancer research.
  • Learning Format
  • Self-learning of assigned readings
  • Online Lectures
  • 1-Day Experiential Training at a CaRE2 Health Equity Center campus
  • Join a Research Team
  • Research Showcase
  • Teach Back Opportunities