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2021 Minority Scholar in Cancer (MICR) Research Awardees

The AACR-MICR Council is very pleased to administer this important program, which provides funds for the participation of early-career, meritorious minority scientists in the AACR Annual Meeting. Scholars are chosen from both minority institutions and the larger bodies of universities, colleges, and research institutes and are selected on the basis of their qualifications, references from mentors, and an estimation of the potential professional benefit to the awardees.

Since its inception in 1985, the Minority Scholar in Cancer Research Award Program has been supported by a generous grant of the National Cancer Institute’s Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities. The Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD) works to increase the number of underrepresented minorities participating as competitive NCI/NIH-funded cancer researchers. This year we are pleased to announce that the NCI-Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities, Promega, and Science have provided support for 2021 Minority Scholars.

For 36 years, the AACR has endeavored through this program to reach out to minority predoctoral and postdoctoral students and trainees as future cancer researchers. The program was created in an attempt to address the serious problem of lack of minority participation in cancer research by offering young minority students and trainees the opportunity to attend and participate in the Annual Meetings and Special Conferences of the AACR.

The names and affiliations of the 2021 Minority Scholar Award recipients are listed below, along with the numbers and titles of their presentations and brief video introductions.

Congratulations to the 2021 Minority Scholar in Cancer Reserach Awardees

Alvaro Curiel Garcia, PhD

Alvaro Curiel Garcia, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Scientist
Columbia University
New YorkNew York

Ashley Delgado-Velez, BS

Ashley Delgado-Velez, BS

PhD Candidate
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Andriana Inkoom, BS, PhD

Andriana Inkoom, BS, PhD

Candidate and Graduate Research Assistant
Florida A&M University
Tallahassee, Florida

Rosa E. Menjivar, BS

Rosa E. Menjivar, BS

PhD Candidate
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Nicolette J. Rodriguez, MD

Nicolette J. Rodriguez, MD

Clinical and Research Fellow
Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Endoscopy
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Harvard Medical School
Boston, Massachusetts

Jacob J. Adashek, BA

Jacob J. Adashek, BA

Resident

University of South Florida

Tampa Florida 

Olayinka O. Adebayo, MBBS

Olayinka O. Adebayo, MBBS

Graduate Student

Morehouse School of Medicine

AtlantaGeorgia 

Heather K. Beasley, MS

Heather K. Beasley, MS

Medical Student

Meharry Medical College

NashvilleTennessee  

Israel Castillo Gonzalez Pharm D

Israel Castillo Gonzalez Pharm D

Postdoctoral Fellow

Florida International University

DavieFlorida

Oluwadara Coker, BS, MS

Oluwadara Coker, BS, MS

Graduate Student

MD Anderson Cancer Center

HoustonTexas 

Geraldine C. Ezeka, BS

Geraldine C. Ezeka, BS

Graduate Student

University of Maryland School of Medicine

BaltimoreMaryland

Angel Adrian Garces, BS

Angel Adrian Garces, BS

Graduate Student

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

HoustonTexas 

Michael R. Koko, MPH

Michael R. Koko, MPH

Epidemiologist

Alabama Department of Public Health

MontgomeryAlabama

McKayla B. Mickle, BS

McKayla B. Mickle, BS

Graduate Student

University of Maryland School of Medicine

BaltimoreMaryland

Mabel G. Perez-Oquendo, BS

Mabel G. Perez-Oquendo, BS

Graduate Student

UT MD Anderson Cancer Center

Houston, Texas 

Raquel Santana da Cruz, PhD

Raquel Santana da Cruz, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Georgetown University

WashingtonDC 

LaShanale M. Wallace, PhD

LaShanale M. Wallace, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Memphis, Tennessee