To achieve knowledge of a variety of areas within the field of cancer prevention and control, each applicant to the Cancer Prevention Research Training Program (CPRTP) must develop a tailored educational curriculum that incorporates both the core content areas, the specific skills and knowledge needed for the individual’s training experience.
The fellowship will be centered around mentored research in cancer prevention and control guided by experienced faculty mentors, multidisciplinary training will be accomplished through a robust training plan, a specialized cancer prevention educational curriculum, an individual development plan and career development activities.
The following are events hosted by our program, as well as seminars, courses and career development activities required for trainees awarded fellowships in the CPRTP.
Nominate an Outstanding Trainee or Leading Mentor in Cancer Prevention
Annual nomination period: Sept. 1 through Oct. 31
DCPPS Outstanding Trainee & Leading Mentor Awards
The aim of Outstanding Trainee in Cancer Prevention award is to acknowledge the extraordinary performance and dedication of trainees preparing for careers in cancer prevention. One award will be made at the postdoctoral level and one at the doctoral level. Along with the title of Outstanding Trainee in Cancer Prevention and a certificate denoting the achievement, each recipient will also receive a cash prize to use toward educationally related resources or activities. A nomination consists of a completed nomination form and the nominee's CV. You may nominate a postdoc, a predoc, or both.
The Leading Mentor in Cancer Prevention award acknowledges the extraordinary performance and dedication of mentors to trainees preparing for careers in cancer prevention. Along with the title of leading mentor in cancer prevention and a certificate denoting the achievement, the recipient will also receive a cash prize to use toward educationally related resources or activities.
- Only trainees appointed during the last fiscal year (Sept. 1st of the previous year through August 31st of the current year) are eligible.
- Example: If it is 2018, the trainee must be appointed between 9/1/17 and 8/31/18.
- Any faculty member of MD Anderson Cancer Center who has mentored a trainee in cancer prevention during the last fiscal year (Sept. 1st of the previous year through August 31st of the current year) are eligible.
- Example: If it is 2018, you may nominate a faculty who mentored you between 9/1/17 and 8/31/18.
- NOTE: The leading mentor winner(s) from the previous award year (see Past DCPPS Trainee and Mentor Award Winners below) will not be eligible to be nominated this year.
Who Can Nominate?
- Trainees may nominated by MD Anderson Cancer Center faculty or staff members.
- Mentors may be nominated by anyone who was/is a trainee in the last fiscal year (Sept. 1 of last year to Aug. 31 of this year).
- NOTE: Self-nominations are not accepted.
- Made unique contributions to his/her area of research within cancer prevention and control.
- Demonstrates the core values of MD Anderson Cancer Center: Caring, Integrity and Discovery.
- Exemplifies good character and leadership by performing above and beyond what is required in assigned position or through service to others.
- Consistently demonstrates professionalism, dedication, motivation, and enthusiasm in education duties and activities.
- The mentor must have demonstrated extraordinary performance as a teacher, coach, and sponsor in the field of cancer prevention.
To submit a nomination, email the completed outstanding trainee nomination form or leading mentor nomination form, with required materials to Apply@CancerPreventionTraining.org by midnight, October 31.
Review of Trainee Nominations
- Division Head/VP of the Division of Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences
- Chairs of the five departments within the division
- Directors of the CPRTP
Review of Mentor Nominations
- The selection committee of trainees who will review the nominations and select the Leading Mentor in Cancer Prevention will be made up of at least five current trainees from the division.
- The selection committee members may nominate mentors; however, they will not score or comment on their nominations during the selection process.
- Reviewers with conflicts of interest (COI) will not participate in the review.
Winners of the awards will be announced and honored at the first Cancer Prevention and Control Grand Rounds of year following the nomination deadline. The trainee awardees will give a 90-second elevator speech at this event and receive a certificate for the award. The leading mentor awardee will receive a certificate, as well. The award announcement will be posted in Employee Notes, the Alumni and Faculty Association Newsletter, and the CPRTP Newsletter: What’s New!
Next Awards Ceremony
Cancer Prevention and Control Grand Rounds
Friday, January 4, 2019 at Noon - 2 p.m.
Duncan Building, CPB 8th Floor, Rooms 7 and 8
The following honorees of the prestigious Division of Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences: Outstanding Trainee and Leading Mentor Award in Cancer Prevention, were MD Anderson trainees or mentors from September 1 through August 31 of the fiscal year indicated.
The outstanding trainee(s) made unique contributions in their area of research within cancer prevention and control; and consistently demonstrated professionalism, dedication, motivation and enthusiasm in education duties and activities. The leading mentor(s) served as a role model, teacher, coach, and a sponsor in the field of cancer prevention; was enthusiastic about inspiring trainees to work in cancer prevention, and encouraged trainees to understand and reflect on self, strengths and weaknesses. Both the trainees and mentors demonstrated MD Anderson Cancer Center's core values: caring, integrity, and discovery.
Awardees by Fiscal Year
|Fiscal Year||Outstanding Predoctoral Trainee(s)
||Outstanding Postdoctoral Trainee(s)||Leading Mentor(s)||Ceremony Date|
|2016-2017||Melissa Kok, Epidemiology and Smruthy Sivakumar, Epidemiology
||Dr. Ashley Housten, Health Services Research
||Dr. Carrie Daniel-MacDougall, Epidemiology||1/5/2018|
|2015-2016||Margaret Raber, Pediatrics
||Dr. Jinhai "Stephen" Huo, Health Services Research
||Dr. Michelle A. T. Hildebrandt
|2014-2015||Kyle Chang, Clinical Cancer Prevention
||Dr. Ashish Deshmukh, Health Services Research
||Dr. Xifeng Wu, Epidemiology
||Francis "Anthony" San Lucas, Epidemiology||Dr. Hao Hu, Epidemiology; Dr. Nicholas Whiting, Cancer Systems Imaging||Dr. Shine Chang, Epidemiology; Dr. Chad Huff, Epidemiology||1/9/2015|
|2012-2013||Carmen Galvan, Behavioral Science||Dr. Diana Stewart, Health Disparities Research||Dr. Scott B. Cantor, Health Services Research; Dr. Jennifer Irvin Vidrine, Health Disparities Research||1/9/2014|
|2011-2012||Selina Vattathil, Epidemiology||Dr. Shelly Hovick, Behavioral Science||Dr. Lorenzo Cohen, General Oncology||1/7/2013|
|2010-2011||Maria Chang, Behavioral Science||Dr. Allison Burton, Behavioral Science||Dr. Susan Peterson, Behavioral Science||1/6/2012|
|2009-2010||Xia Pu, Epidemiology||Dr. Yessenia Castro, Health Disparities Research||Dr. Karen Basen-Enquist, Behavioral Science; Dr. Jason Robinson, Behavioral Science; Dr. Xifeng Wu, Epidemiology||12/10/2010|
|2008-2009||Rosenie Thelus Jean, Epidemiology||Dr. Michael Businelle, Health Disparities Research||Dr. Shine Chang, Epidemiology||12/7/2009|
|2007-2008||E. Amirian, Epidemiology; Mary Katherine Bispeck, Behavioral Science; Jessica Clague, Epidemiology||Dr. Hui Zhao, Epidemiology||Dr. David Wetter, Health Disparities Research||2008|
Career Development Seminars
Per the fellowship award, CPRTP postdocs are required to participate in various educational activities for career and personal development. These activities and resources are open to all institutional trainees.
Within the career development plan of the research and career proposal, CPRTP postdoctoral fellows outlined a tailored curriculum to assist with developing cross-disciplinary knowledge and skills during the course of the fellowship. Typically, the development plan will include semester-long courses, short courses or workshops. In addition, all postdocs are required to take two courses, one required course per year, during the Spring academic semester. Each trainee must enroll in one course during the spring semesters in which they are appointed as CPRTP fellows. Thus, fellows who spend two years in the program will take one semester of Topics and one semester or Bio-Behavioral. These courses are offered through the University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) and are cross-listed at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health. Summer Research Experience students are not required to enroll in these courses.
1. Bio-Behavioral Research Methods of Cancer Prevention and Addiction (Offered every even-numbered year of the Spring semester)
2. Topics in Cancer Prevention (Offered every odd-numbered year of the Spring semester)
- Thursdays, 12-2 p.m.
- Location: See syllabus
- Credit Hours: 2.0
- Grading System: Pass/Fail
- E-mail CPRTP for approval, form signature not required
- Course fees for CPRTP trainees (only) will be covered by the CPRTP
- Prerequisite: None
- Coordinators: Drs. Shine Chang, Carrie Cameron and Melinda Yates
These additional recommended courses are available to assist CPRTP postdoctoral fellows in writing their educational curriculum.
To highlight the work of leaders in cancer prevention and control, the Cancer Prevention and Control Grand Rounds (CPCGR) seminar series was formed in 2005. The purpose of the Cancer Prevention and Control Grand Rounds is to inform the scientific and clinical faculty, trainees and staff at MD Anderson of emerging areas of research, new methods used in the field, and recent findings that inform the work conducted here. Presentations take place at various locations throughout MD Anderson on Fridays, from 12 to 1 p.m. Attendance is open to everyone at MD Anderson, as well as outside guests.
Attendees should arrive at the desk by 11:45 a.m. to have their id badge scanned to receive CME credit. For all CPRTP trainees, attedance for this event is mandatory per the fellowship requirements.
Immediately following Cancer Prevention and Control Grand Rounds (CPCGR), the CPRTP hosts a Speaker-Trainee Brown Bag lunch with the invited speaker. This event takes place from 1:15 to 2:00 p.m. (unless otherwise noted) and is open to all MD Anderson trainees including high school interns, undergraduate, graduate, research interns, health profession students, predoctoral (graduate) and postdoctoral fellows. During this brown bag lunch, trainees will have the opportunity to interact with eminent cancer prevention and control researchers from around the world, in an intimate and informal environment.
Per the fellowship requirements, each CPRTP postdoctoral fellow will be assigned to host a brown bag. As a host, the trainee will facilitate the brown bag lunch by escorting the speaker to the lunch, introducing the speaker, managing the questions and answers, keeping track of time, closing out the brown bag lunch by 2pm, and turning in the attendance form to the CPRTP.
All Division of Cancer Prevention trainees will automatically receive invitations to each brown bag lunch via email, however any MD Anderson trainee may be added to the CPCGR Speaker-Trainee Brown Bag listserv by sending an email to the organizer. The trainee lunch date, time and location will be included within the email invitation.
All trainees are encouraged to bring their lunch.
During the CPRTP postdoctoral fellowship, trainees will acquire a repertoire of six (6) speaking skills appropriate to the various professional occasions they will encounter. These presentations will be given at CPRTP Summer Research Experience events and Department Faculty Meetings. DCPPS trainees will receive e-mailed announcements of upcoming presentations.
- Scientific Elevator Speech (90 seconds)
- 10-minute Research Presentation and Practice Job talk (for a diverse audience)
- 10-minute TED style talk (suitable for educated public)
- "Speaking up" (Asking questions and explaining scientific reasoning, in a professional environment)
- Introduction (Introducing an invited speaker by providing a brief bio)
- 1-hour formal job talk
The benefits of giving different types of presentations:
- Trainees will obtain exposure to one another, to colleagues outside their departments, and to research from various disciplines in cancer prevention.
- Trainee have the opportunity to include an invited talk on CV
- Trainees acquire job talk experience including feedback
- Robust attendance at events is stimulated
This is an optional meeting group. Early career researchers, including postdoctoral fellows and graduate students, who are working on grant and manuscript applications are welcomed to join this interactive writers’ working group. The facilitated sessions provide multi-disciplinary feedback on presented drafts and ideas and participants share strategies for efficient writing. Come for good ideas, encouragement and support, every other Tuesday at 4 p.m. To sign up and receive meeting locations, send an email to Apply@CancerPreventionTraining.org and carbon copy Dr. Shine Chang.
CPRTP summer students will present a 90-second elevator speech about their research, as well as formally present a poster during the annual Summer Trainee Exposition held during the final week of the MD Anderson Summer Experience in August. This event is open to the Division of Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences faculty and staff and is divided into two parts: 1) Elevator Speeches and 2) Poster Session & Reception.
An elevator speech is 90-second summary which quickly describes the trainee, their project and research experience. The idea is to summarize the research experience during the course of an elevator ride. Having a prepared elevator speech will help the trainee present themselves credibly and effectively in many situations.
The poster presentation and reception occurs immediately following the elevator speeches and allows students to present a scientific poster about their summer research project in cancer prevention. The trainees' mentors, research team, family and friends are encouraged to attend. Complimentary snacks and beverages are provided during the reception.
CPRTP postdoctoral fellows must complete nine (9) credit hours of Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) during their fellowship.
An RCR update must be included in each progress meeting with the training program directors and added to the Individual Development Plan (IDP).
Trainees must email the certificate of completion to the CPRTP program coordinator. Details are available in the Trainee Resources folder on box.
To access the MD Anderson RCR seminar series schedule, visit the Postdoctoral Training Events page, Monthly Events > Responsible Conduct of Research.
Cancer Prevention Seminars and Events
Mentor, Susan Peterson, Ph.D.; 2014 DCPPS Outstanding Trainee Awardee, Carmen Galvin; Vice President of Cancer Prevention, Ernest Hawk, M.D.
CPRTP Director, Shine Chang, Ph.D.; The Julie and Ben Rogers Award Senior Board Member, Regina Rogers; 2018 DCPPS Mentor Award Winner Carrie Daniel-MacDougall, Ph.D., CPRTP Associate Director
2018 DCPPS Trainee and Mentor Awardees (left to right): Maggie Raber, Michelle Hildebrandt, Ph.D.,, and Jinhai 'Stephen' Huo, Ph.D.
CPRTP Associate Director, Carrie Cameron, Ph.D.; Mentor, Lorna McNeill, Ph.D., (Chair, Health Disparities Research); Erika Dennis, 2016 Summer College Student, HDR Staff Member; Shine Chang, Ph.D., CPRTP Director
2018 CPRTP Summer Program - Trainee Exposition with Carrie Cameron, Ph.D., and Shine Chang, Ph.D.
2015 DCPPS Trainee and Mentor Award Winners (left to right): Drs. Hao Hu, Chad Huff, Shine Chang, Nicholas Whiting, and Francis 'Anthony' San Lucas