Osteopathic Scholars in Cancer Research (OSCR)

Osteopathic Scholars in Cancer Research (OSCR) is one of the program components of the HSC Scholars in Cancer Research Program offered to DO/PhD dual degree students. The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences participates with the Texas College of Osteopathic for this dual degree program. Typically DO/PhD program takes 6-7 years to complete. OSCR supports the students of Osteopathic Medicine conducting research during their PhD in the areas related to cancer for obtaining their DO/PhD. Under this program 2 students will be recruited each year.

OSCR scholars will have the opportunity to participate in workshops/ training programs on responsible conduct of research, experimental design, inter-professional education and health disparities.

Application Process:

  • Candidates can opt for the dual degree program during application process. Existing first and second year students can apply by February 15th and the selected candidates will be notified in March.

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  • Jamboor K. Vishwanatha, PhD
  • Michael L. Smith, PhD
  • Albert Yurvati, DO, PhD
  • Riyaz Basha, PhD

Mentored by Faculty members from

  • University of North Texas Health Science Center
  • University of North Texas University of Texas South Western
  • University of Texas at Arlington
  • Texas Christian University
  • Cook Children’s

Funding Agency

  • Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas

  • DO/PHD dual degree students
  • Academic merit
  • Underrepresented groups in health professional programs (racial/ethnic groups, disabilities, disadvantaged backgrounds)
  • Interest in diversity and health disparity research
  • Commitment to careers in 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

Roda Cotanay
University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth
Institute for Health Disparities
Senior Administrative Coordinator
(817) 735-0642