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Rogers Park students join the American Cancer Society

Posted on July 12, 2011

Illinois Students Spend Summer Searching for a Cure
Rogers Park students join the American Cancer Society in the fight against
cancer

CHICAGO - July 8, 2011 - Selected Illinois students are trading in their
bathing suit and sun block for a lab coat and test tubes. Two local juniors,
Madalina Bic attending Lane Tech College Prep School and Sadeka Ismail,
attending Amundsen High School, will both spend their summer conducting
cancer research. Interested in pursuing a career in science, Bic and Ismail
will get an early start with the American Cancer Society’s Summer High
School Research Program.

The Society’s Illinois Division gives a diverse group of high school
students the chance to spend eight weeks working with cancer experts in the
state’s top research facilities. Of the hundreds of applicants, only 34
high school juniors were chosen to intern this summer with society-funded
researchers and assist in hands-on work.

The program has produced 169 alumni, all who are attending or have attended
college. Currently in its eighth year, the program promotes bridging many of
Illinois’ finest students into the future of science, specifically in
fields related to cancer.
This summer, Bic is looking forward to learning techniques that take place
in a lab, and getting a feel for the research aspect of science. She hopes
to major in Biology and possibly become an Immunologist. Ismail aspires to
major in Biology and pursue Pre-med. After having a friend diagnosed with
cancer, she is interested in cancer research and is anxious to learn more
about it.

“The Society is committed to nurturing the potential and interests of all
future scientific and medical leaders,” said Dr. K. Thomas Robbins, First
Vice President, American Cancer Society-IL Division Board of
Directors/Chair, Research Advisory Committee. “This internship is a great
opportunity for students to develop skills around cancer research, something
that most students typically do not experience until graduate school.”

During the research program, students are assigned an individual, limited
and achievable project to research four days per week. On the fifth day,
students typically attend lectures and present updates of their research. At
the end of the summer, students will also present a collective report of
their overall findings.

For more than 60 years, the American Cancer Society has funded research and
training of health professionals to investigate the causes, prevention, and
early detection of cancer, as well as new treatments, cancer survivorship,
and end of life support for patients and their families.

http://www.cancer.org

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