iCURE Welcomes First Scholars to the NCI

December 14, 2018, by CRCHD Staff

iCURE Leadership and First Cohort of Scholars

The iCURE program supports mentored research experiences for qualified students and scientists in the multidisciplinary environment of the NCI Intramural Research Program. iCURE strongly encourages the participation of individuals from underrepresented populations and is aligned with NCI’s interest in diversity. iCURE is an extension of the highly successful NCI CRCHD Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (CURE) program.

The Intramural Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (iCURE) program is thrilled to announce that the inaugural cohort of 15 iCURE scholars has been selected.

Chosen through a competitive application process, these scholars will conduct research in NCI Center for Cancer Research (CCR) and Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (DCEG) research groups working under the supervision of a principal investigator mentor. The research will take place on the NCI campuses in Bethesda, Rockville, and Frederick, Maryland.

The inaugural cohort of iCURE scholars includes six post-baccalaureate individuals, three graduate students, and six postdoctoral fellows. Eleven scholars are in labs on the NIH campus in Bethesda, three scholars are in labs at the NCI Frederick, and one scholar has joined a research group at the NCI Shady Grove in Rockville.

To celebrate the iCURE scholars’ arrival, a welcome ceremony took place on November 13, 2018, on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland.

The ceremony featured welcoming messages and words of advice from Dr. Sanya A. Springfield, CRCHD Director, Dr. Tom Misteli, CCR Director, and Dr. Ethan Dmitrovsky, President of Leidos Biomedical Research and Laboratory Director of the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research. The ceremony also featured an informative and inspirational keynote address from Dr. Lauren Wood, CAPT 0-6, USPHS (Retired) Clinical Director (Emeritus), and Special Volunteer in the NCI CCR Vaccine Branch.

“This [iCURE] is a program that is near and dear to our hearts. It is something that we’ve envisioned for quite some time and today marks the beginning of a new reality,” said Dr. Springfield during the welcome ceremony as she shared her excitement that this new, diverse group of scholars are conducting research at the NCI.

Congratulations and welcome to the NCI, iCURE Scholars!