The Southeast Partnership for Improving Research and Training in Cancer Health Disparities (SPIRIT-CHD) unites Moffitt Cancer Center (MCC) and Research Institute and Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC) to develop a Cancer Research Education Program (CREP) for underrepresented undergraduate and medical students with a keen focus on biobanking, precision medicine, and cancer health disparities. The CREP is composed of an immersive 8-week summer internship program that provides trainees with research experiences under the supervision of faculty mentors at each institution, participation in a joint web-based didactic curriculum, and tailored community outreach and engagement experiences in underserved communities.

Mentors (and co-mentors) play an integral role in trainee development. As a SPIRIT-CHD CREP mentor, trainees would be placed in your lab to work on a research project over the course of the 8-week program. Their experience culminates in a formal scientific presentation and abstract submission. Expectations for mentors are listed below.

Mentor Expectations:

- Supervise student work activities day-to-day during their placement in the lab

- Provide feedback, guidance and suggestions regarding professional development

- Allow students to attend all mandatory SPIRIT-CHD related activities (weekly didactic seminars, community outreach events, team meetings)

Program Managers for the SPIRIT-CHD partnership will handle all administrative and on-boarding tasks for students before placement in your lab. Please address any additional questions to Z’Kera Sims or Vivekka Suppiah at

To become a faculty mentor for the 2021 SPIRIT-CHD Summer Internship Program, please fill out this survey!