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2021 Minority Scholar in Cancer 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 and special conferences. 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.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2021 MINORITY SCHOLAR IN CANCER RESERACH AWARDEES

Camila Elías-Arroyo, BAgrSc, MPH

Camila Elías-Arroyo, BAgrSc, MPH

Cancer Prevention and Control Trainee
University of Puerto Rico- Medical Sciences Campus
San Juan, Puerto Rico

Alfonso E. Bencomo-Alvarez, BS, MS, PhD

Alfonso E. Bencomo-Alvarez, BS, MS, PhD

PhD/Post-Doc Research Associate
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
El Paso, Texas

Taaliah Campbell, BS

Taaliah Campbell, BS

Graduate Student
Clark Atlanta University
Atlanta, Georgia

Axel Gierbolini-Bermúdez

Axel Gierbolini-Bermúdez

Doctoral Student of Social Determinants of Health
University of Puerto Rico-Medical Sciences Campus
San Juan, Puerto Rico

Nicole Loroña BS, MS

Nicole Loroña BS, MS

PhD Candidate in Epidemiology
University of Washington
Seattle, Washington

Tsion Minas, MA

Tsion Minas, MA

Postdoctoral Fellow
National Cancer Institute
Bethesda, Maryland

Samantha C. Okere, BA

Samantha C. Okere, BA

Second Year Medical Student
Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

Majorie E. Petty, MSN, PhD

Majorie E. Petty, MSN, PhD

PhD Student

Augusta University

Augusta, Georgia

Kristi Tredway, BA, MA, PhD

Kristi Tredway, BA, MA, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow of Cancer Epidemiology, Prevention, and Control
John Hopkins University
Baltimore, Maryland

Jonathan V. Wooten, BS, MS

Jonathan V. Wooten, BS, MS

Graduate Student
Loma Linda University School Of Medicine
Loma Linda, California