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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Students Selected for 2018 Summer Scholars Program at the Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center

Two graduate students and two undergraduate students have been selected to participate in the 2018 Summer Scholars Program at the Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center (OTRC).

The mission of the OTRC, which is part of the Stephenson Cancer Center, is to reduce, and ultimately eliminate, tobacco-related morbidity and mortality in Oklahoma through research that informs interventions and health policy.   

The 12-week OTRC Summer Scholars Program, which runs from May 21-August 10, 2018, allows students to work under the mentorship of OTRC researchers on the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center campus. Students participate in seminars and conduct research in a range of areas, including tobacco health disparities, tobacco biomarkers, alternative and emerging tobacco products, novel cessation and prevention strategies, mobile health, grant writing, and research ethics. 

At the completion of the program, students complete and present research projects overseen by their mentors, as well as prepare abstracts for submission to the national meeting of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco.

The 2018 OTRC Summer Scholars are:

  • Clayton Edwards of Bristow, OK; undergraduate student at Oklahoma State University, majoring in Psychology.
  • Lizzi Hahn of Oklahoma City, OK; undergraduate student at the University of Puget Sound, majoring in Biochemistry.
  • Caroline Roberts of Fort Worth, TX; graduate student at Oklahoma State University, majoring in Clinical Psychology.
  • Caitlin Smith of Fort Myers, FL; graduate student at Oklahoma State University, majoring in Clinical Psychology.

This year’s mentors include:

  • Evan Floyd, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health in the College of Public Health at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.
  • Lurdes Queimado, MD, PhD, Presbyterian Health Foundation Endowed Chair and associate professor in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology in the College of Medicine at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.
  • Theodore Wagener, PhD, director of tobacco regulatory science research at the Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center within the Stephenson Cancer Center and assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics in the College of Medicine at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

Part of the Stephenson Cancer Center’s mission is to provide education, training and mentorship to students at all levels. The OTRC Summer Scholars Program is one of several education and training programs that the cancer center supports for high school, undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral students and for research faculty.

The OTRC Summer Scholars Program is made possible through grant funding from the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET). TSET, an endowment created by the voters in 2000 to improve the health of Oklahomans, is dedicated to reducing the state’s leading causes of preventable death – cancer and cardiovascular disease – caused by tobacco use and obesity.

To learn more about the Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center, visit otrc.stephensoncancercenter.org.  

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Back Row L-R: Lizzi Hahn, Caitlin Smith 
Front Row L-R: Clayton Edwards, Caroline Roberts