Doctoral Scholars in Cancer Research (DSCR)

Doctoral Scholars in Cancer Research (DSCR) is one of the program components of the HSC Scholars in Cancer Research Program offered to PhD students. This training program promotes a team-based approach to solving complex problems that we believe is essential to better understand the biological principles that govern health and disease. It also affords students a set of transferable and marketable skills that allow them to embark on various biomedical science-related career paths.

DSCR scholars will be provided with a broad foundation of knowledge in the biomedical sciences, and will be trained with advanced technology in the state-of-the-art facilities under the supervision of enthusiastic mentors in the areas of cancer and health disparities.

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Jamboor K. Vishwanatha, PhD
Rance Berg, Ph.D.
Harlan P. Jones, Ph.D.


Institute for Health Disparities

Funding Agency

Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas

  • PhD students who have completed their first year of study
  • Academic merit
  • Underrepresented groups in health professional programs (racial/ethnic groups, disabilities, disadvantaged backgrounds)
  • ¬†Interest in diversity and cancer health disparity research
  • Commitment to careers in basic, translational, clinical and community-based approaches to solving cancer and cancer disparities
  • ¬†Stipend
  • Up to $6,000/year tuition fee coverage
  • Up to $2,000/year for research supplies
  • Travel allowance to participate in local/ regional/national conferences
  • Length of Support up to 2 years
  • Dr. Rance Berg |
  • Dr. Harlan Jones |
  • Roda Cotanay |