NAU Principle Investigator
Jani Ingram, PhD
UACC/UA Principle Investigator
NAU Training Program Coordinator
Christal Black, MA
Develop effective transition steps to increase the number of
Native American students in the cancer research and health sciences
- Expand introductory cancer-related exploration experience for freshmen [Health Transition and Academic Readiness (STAR)] at NAU
- Implement a summer cancer-related research experience at NAU
to initiate the transition process for tribal and community college
students into universities [Summer Transitional Enrichment Program
- Develop programs to prepare Native American undergraduate students to enter biomedical graduate programs.
NACP Training Program Video Library
View videos of the students at work from the Training Programs click here.
Programs Offered by the Partnership for Native American Cancer Prevention
Health Success Transition and Academic Readiness (STAR) Program
Students majoring in biomedical or health professions will meet twice a week for one-and-a-half hours to participate in lab experiments and learn about research development to allow for a smooth transition. STAR program is an innovative and new way to allow incoming freshmen to begin their higher education at Northern Arizona University. This program is sponsored by the Multicultural Student Center; it assists new students with making important transitions from high school academia to college. Students must meet the following required criteria: first-generation college student, demonstrate financial need, and are a member of an ethnic minority group. For the duration of the short five weeks, STAR students earn six university credit hours, live in the STAR residence hall, experience campus life and connect with similar new students!
The Summer Transitional Enrichment Program (STEP)
The Summer Transitional Enrichment Program at Northern Arizona University is a summer program designed to offer tribal/community college students the opportunity to get hands-on research experience. The program consist of individual projects for each student in which the student will learn to collaborate with a faculty mentor and other research students in a research setting. This ten-week program will give students the opportunity to develop research methods and skills on a university scale while still attending a tribal/community college. Furthermore, this unique program is sponsored by the Partnership for Native American Cancer Prevention health/science research program in collaboration with the Research Experience for Undergraduates environmental science research program.
Current Northern Arizona University Students
At Northern Arizona University, undergraduate students have the opportunity to develop and gain research experience as early as their freshmen year in college. Undergraduate and graduate students work side by side in conjunction with a faculty mentor and other collaborating staff from neighboring universities. Minority research student recruitment is an essential objective of the Native American Cancer Prevention Program here at Northern Arizona University. Students are presented a real research setting in which a research program dealing with various components of cancer-related issues and research are conducted among Native Americans. Students partake in developing and exercising new developed research techniques to address many questions within their research. Students are strongly encouraged to present at local and national meetings, complete internships, and engage with affected community members regarding their research. Furthermore, students develop a unique diverse collaboration with other NAU students from various background majors, creating an interdisciplinary relationship for many research groups.