2020 Cancer Citizen Scientist Program



This program is open to cancer survivors and advocates

Those interested in participating must:

  1. Submit a completed program application by March 1
  2. Submit 2 letters of recommendation by March 1
  3. Be able to participate in all scheduled program activities
  4. (If selected for the program) confirm participation by reviewing the orientation packet and completing the onboarding forms

Program Location

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 33647

Florida A & M University, Tallahassee, FL 32307

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90033

Program Dates

Applications Due Sunday, March 1, 2020
Program Acceptance Notification March 10, 2020
Program Training Dates May 4- July 31, 2020

Program Mission

To develop the manpower for research advocates who can work closely with cancer scientists to address cancer health disparities.

Program Objectives

  1. Increase the manpower for cancer research advocacy;
  2. Strengthen the network of cancer research advocates; and
  3. Increase the bidirectional communications between communities and academic scientists to improve the relevance of cancer research.

Learning Objectives

  1. Discuss three ways that research advocacy is important to improving cancer health equity.
  2. Illustrate two examples of ethical cancer research activities that were observed during the experiential training.
  3. Determine the relevance of experience sharing and communications between advocates, students, and scientists to the quality of cancer research.

Learning Format

  • Self-learning of assigned readings
  • Online Lectures
  • 1-Day Experiential Training at a CaRE2 Health Equity Center campus
  • Join a Research Team (Summer 2020)
  • Research Showcase on Thursday, July 30
  • Teach Back Opportunities

Please watch the video below for more detailed information on our 2020 program.





Program Contact

Whiteney Dorcena, BS

UF CaRE2 Center Community Health Educator

College of Pharmacy

University of Florida

6550 Sanger Road, Orlando, FL 32827

whiteneydorcena@cop.ufl.edu || 407-313-7041