¡Éxito! Latino Cancer Research Leadership Training

Éxito! Latino Cancer Research Leadership Training Program at UT Health San Antonio
State
Texas
Academic Level
Graduate
Issue Area
Support Services
Key Personnel
Program Focus
Pathway/Pipeline

Overview

The ¡Éxito! program’s mission is to increase the number of Latinos pursuing a doctoral degree and a career in Latino cancer health disparities. ¡Éxito! seeks to encourage Latino master’s-level students and master’s-trained health professionals to pursue doctoral degrees and careers in cancer control research.

Program Description

The program recruits an annual cohort of 25 U.S. master’s-level students or health professionals to attend a five-day summer institute covering Latino cancer, the need for Latino cancer research, networking with Latino researchers, and skills, resources, and support needed to apply to a doctoral program; provide up to 10 annual paid internships to build research skills and experience in cancer research; promote an academic-support and career-building pipeline via interactive dialogue with program alumni on a constant basis with quarterly webinars, as well as an annual newsletter and Facebook groups. They hope to drive at least 20% of ¡Éxito! participants to enroll in and stay in a doctoral program, with at least half of them focused on cancer control research. ¡Éxito! increases the number of Latinos enrolled in doctoral programs and new “insider researchers” conducting Latino cancer control research. ¡Éxito! also established an academic-support and career-building pipeline for program alumni and peer-to-peer mentoring. ¡Éxito! also continues to engage in interactive dialogue with program alumni on a constant basis, through quarterly webinars and our annual newsletter and Facebook groups.

Outcome

¡Exito! has served 175 participants and 49 internships since 2011.

Results from the summer institute experience demonstrated a significant improvement in academic self-efficacy in attendees, as well as improvements in confidence towards applying to a doctoral program in the next five years. Survey findings for internships demonstrated significant improvements in students’ research skills.

About 25% of alumni are currently enrolled in a doctoral program or have gone on to earn their doctoral degree.

69% of doctoral students indicated they would pursue a career directly related to cancer after obtaining a degree.

Even among those not yet enrolled in doctoral programs, 61% state that they are working full time; 51% work directly or indirectly related to cancer.

A study published in 2018 in the Journal of Cancer Education found significant increases in summer institute participants’ confidence to apply to a doctoral program and academic self-efficacy, according to before-and-after-institute surveys; and significant increased research skills among interns.