Summer-CaRE2 Training Program

Program Overview

The Summer-CaRE2 Program of the Florida-California Cancer Research, Education and Engagement (CaRE2) Health Equity Center is a collaboration among Florida A&M University, a minority serving institution (MSI), University of Florida, and University of Southern California. The Summer-CaRE2 Program aims to meet the cancer research education needs of underrepresented minorities (URM) in Florida and California, especially Blacks and Latinos, by offering “hands-on” summer research internships, exposure to state-of-the-art research technology and academic and career mentorship.
From L to R: Dr. Mochona (FAMU), FAMU undergraduate trainees, Dr. Redda (FAMU), at the ABRCMS national meeting, November 2019.

Mentoring Minority Cancer Researchers of Tomorrow

Title: Mentoring Minority Cancer Researchers of Tomorrow: Comparison of the Face-to-Face, Virtual, and Hybrid Training Methods of the CaRE2 Summer Cancer Research Education and Training Program

Authors: Mochona, B., Redda, K.K., Offringa, I.A., Allen, A., Carpten, J. D., Stern, M. C., Reams, R. R., Wilkie, D. J.

“In our previous publication, we reported a framework to develop an undergraduate cancer research training program at Florida A&M University (FAMU) under the umbrella of the Florida-California Cancer Research, Education, and Engagement (CaRE2) Health Equity Center activity by harnessing the resources available at FAMU, the University of Florida (UF), and the University of Southern California (USC) Cancer Centers. The implementation of the CaRE2 face-to-face training platform was dramatically affected by the COVID-19 pandemic during the summer of 2020 and 2021 training periods. However, a concerted effort was made to restructure the face-to-face training model into virtual and hybrid training methods to maintain the continuity of the program during the pandemic. This article compared the three methods to identify the best platform for training URM students in cancer disparity research. The program’s effectiveness was measured through motivation, experiences, and knowledge gained by trainees during and one year after the completion of the program. The results showed that the participants were highly positive in their feedback about the professional and academic values of the program. Although the virtual and hybrid methods experienced significant challenges during the pandemic, the hybrid training module offered an “above average” effectiveness in performance, like the face-to-face mentoring platform in mentoring URM students in cancer disparity research.”