Gatton Academy Students Join Undergraduate Research and Education Program with Wood Hudson Cancer Institute
This summer, Gatton Academy student Brody Johnson completed his Undergraduate Research and Education Program (UREP) at Wood Hudson Cancer Institute. As one of his 11 students selected to participate in the program, Johnson said, “What can we do to effectively study small or rare populations relevant to cancer research?” Can we develop a method?” UREP provides students across the region with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in biomedical research and present their findings.
Johnson said of his experience: The field of cancer biology in general. These mentors include Dr. Julia H. Carter, Dr. Diane Wilkening Gilb, Dr. Ronald D. Snyder, Dr. Larry E. Douglas, and Dr. Eric Bay. The program not only gave Johnson new appreciation for his work in cancer research, but it also gave him the opportunity to meet like-minded people pursuing similar goals.
The program ended on August 10th with a “Science Day” where students presented their final research proposals. Dr. Johnson suggested that we look at treating patients with extraosseous myxoid chondrosarcoma and see if there are more effective approaches. Because this form of cancer is rare, Johnson said, “its treatment has not been studied as much as its more widespread counterpart,” making it a good suggestion for research. increase.
Students in this program lectured their classmates in the classroom on the textbook chapter, Principles of Cancer Biology, and one of the peer-reviewed journal articles.
Cheryl Kirby-Stokes, Academic Opportunities Coordinator at The Gatton Academy, said: She looks forward to continued work with Dr. Julia Carter and all of Newport’s wonderful staff as a close partner of over 11 years. ”
Gatton Academy students are encouraged to participate in research experiences and internships during the summer of their third and fourth years. In the summer of 2022, students participated in National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates, the Gutton Research Internship Grant Program, the Gutton Sponsored Internship Program, the National Security Languages Initiative for Youth, Study Abroad, and more.
About Gatton Academy: Established in 2007,Gatton Academy is Kentucky’s first two-year residential program for talented juniors and seniors. The Gatton Academy student enters as a junior and is a full-time his WKU student who pursues an interest in advanced science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Gatton Academy Wins 2022 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award Insight into Diversity Magazine and Innovation Partnership Awards from the National Consortium for Secondary STEM Schools.