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NCI 2020 Summer Virtual Activities

NCI is offering a variety of online activities targeted to those interested in becoming a summer intern - whether now or in the future. These activities offer participants the opportunity to interact with NCI scientists and are in coordination with the offerings from the NIH Virtual Summer Enrichment Program.  

Please note that all times displayed below are in Eastern Daylight Time. 

NCI Training Opportunities, Panel Discussion | June 19, 2020 | 2:30-4:00 PM

Panelists: Erika Ginsburg, Jackie Lavigne, Richard P. Moser, Lisa Signorello, and Alison Lin
Moderator: Diane Wigfield

This panel will provide an overview of NCI training opportunities and will include speakers representing several of the Institute's training entities. These include the Center for Cancer Research (Ginsburg), Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (Lavigne), Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (Moser), Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program (Signorello), and the Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (Lin). In addition to a brief overview of the NIH, each panelist will give an overview of his/her training group, and most of the time will be set aside for a question and answer session. Participants are encouraged to send any questions that they hope the panelists can answer ahead of time to Diane Wigfield.

Join WebEx | Meeting number (access code): 160 778 9033 | Password: NCISummer2020!

Epidemiology 101*|July 1 - August 19 (Wednesdays)| 10:00 - 11:30 AM

*Registration is required and is for invited participants only.
Wednesdays July 1, 2020 - August 5, 2020 (6 sessions total)| 10:00-11:30 AM
Coordinator: Diana Withrow, Ph.D., Research Fellow, Radiation Epidemiology Branch

Epidemiology is a considered the basic science of public health. Epidemiologists study the patterns of disease in populations and conduct research about how to prevent, control and treat diseases and their precursors. Knowledge that we take for granted now – that smokers have a higher risk of cancer and exercise is good for your heart – was discovered through the work of epidemiologists. Whether you are considering a future career in this field, a career collaborating with epidemiologists, or are simply curious, this course is designed to give you a window into the mind of an epidemiologist. The course is best suited to those with no prior experience in epidemiology.

The course will cover the foundational concepts: exposures, outcomes, confounders, effect modification, statistical power and generalizability, among others. We will introduce you to key study designs and analytic techniques taking examples from work conducted right here in DCEG. By the end of the course, you should be able to converse in the language of epidemiology, put research questions into an epidemiological framework, and understand the basic methods applied in epidemiological studies and their main strengths and limitations. Each week will have a lecture as well as applied group work. Minimal work outside of class may be required.

IMPORTANT: Space is limited. Please sign up only if you are invited and plan to attend. The lectures are progressive, so please try to attend all lectures.  Contact Diane Wigfield for more information and to sign up.  

Chill & Chat with NCI Scientists | July 10 - August 21

Meet NCI investigators and fellows, and learn about their science and career paths. Featured speakers will include scientists from NCI's research areas, including Cancer Biology, Clinical Cancer Research, Behavioral Sciences, Epidemiology/Genetics/Statistics, and Cancer Prevention.  Speakers will be from the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (DCEG), Center for Cancer Research (CCR), Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program (CPFP), and Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS).

Schedule is being planned. Check back frequently for updates. 

  • Meet DCEG scientists and learn about their research and career paths |Friday, July 10, 2020 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM|
  • Meet a CCR trainee,  Oliva Preston, Postbaccalaureate, Radiation Oncology Branch and learn about his/her research | Friday, July 17, 2020 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM
  • Diversity Career Development Program hosts a Career Panel Discussion with scientists from underrepresented populations | Friday, July 24, 2020 | 1:00 - 3:00 PM 
  • Meet a CCR trainee and learn more about his/her research | Friday, August 7, 2020 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM
  • Panel: Careers in Cancer Research | Friday, August 7, 2020|2:30 - 4:00 PM
  • CPFP: A Researcher's Toolkit - Strategies for Success in the Sciences | Friday, August 14, 2020 | 12:00 - 1:30 PM
  • CPFP: Everything you want to know about graduate school | Friday, August 14, 2020 | 12:00 - 1:30 PM |Join Webex [Note: Webex link is for this session only; for all other sessions, see link below]|Meeting Number: 160 023 2304 | Meeting password: Gr@d2020
  • CPFP: Transforming Fears into Fuel for a Career in Science| Friday, August 14, 2020 | 2:00 - 4:00 PM
  • CCR Patient Advocacy Seminar: Guest speakers, Advocate Jameisha Brown, Texas A&M University and Pediatric Oncologist Dr. Andrea Gross | Thursday, August 20, 2020 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM
  • Meet Dr. Sabina Kaczanowska, a CCR postdoctoral fellow, Tumor Microenvironment and Metastasis Section of the Pediatric Oncology Branch and learn about her research. |Friday, August 21, 2020 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM

For more information, contact Diane Wigfield.

Join WebEx |Meeting number (access code): 160 778 9033 | Password: NCISummer2020!

How to Read a Scientific Paper (cancer biology)* | July 31, 2020 | 12:30 - 1:30 PM

*Note this is at the same time and date as "DCEG: How to Read and Write Like an Epidemiologist", so participant must choose to focus more on a basic biology manuscript or an epidemiology manuscript.

Speaker: Chanelle Case Borden, Ph.D., Program Manager, Center for Cancer Training

Learning how to read a research paper will help you become a more effective writer. During this session, you will learn about the how to read a scientific article.   We will break down each section of an article and provide useful tips on how you can become a more effective writer. For more information, contact Chanelle Case Borden.

Join WebEx | Meeting Number (access code): 160 849 3504 | Password: 2020Summer@NCI


How to Read and Write like an Epidemiologist | July 31, 2020 |12:30-1:30 PM

Speaker: Kara Michels, Ph.D., Research Fellow, Metabolic Epidemiology Branch, DCEG

In this webinar, participants will learn about the types of research articles that epidemiologists frequently read and write. Tips on how to critically evaluate those articles and common mistakes that authors make will be presented. Dr. Michels will share her perspective on things you can do to become a better reader and writer of epidemiologic studies. For more information, contact Diane Wigfield.

Join WebEx | Meeting number (access code): 160 778 9033 | Password:  NCISummer2020!

Getting into Medical School: Advice from a Recent Graduate | July 31, 2020 | 2:00 - 3:30 PM

SpeakerMichael Sargen, M.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, Clinical Genetics Branch, DCEG

This session is primarily focused on degree options (M.D., M.D./Ph.D., M.D./M.B.A., etc.) available to applicants and the relative importance of various application components (GPA, MCAT scores, research, reference letters). We will discuss interview formats and successful strategies for answering challenging questions. By the end of the course, attendees will have a greater understanding of the medical school application process along with strategies for strengthening their applications to maximize the likelihood of acceptance. For more information, contact Diane Wigfield.

Join WebEx | Meeting number (access code): 160 778 9033 | Password:  NCISummer2020!