Volunteer of the Month
Breast Cancer Screening
Moonshot Summit
MCC Summer Interns
SERVICE: Kaylee Schwertfeger, Ph.D.
Dr. Schwertfeger is an Associate Professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology. Her main research efforts are focused on breast cancer cells and their interactions with the immune system.

This month, she is featured as our volunteer scientist for her dedication to teaching and engaging the community in her research. Over the years, she has welcomed students and community members into her lab, showing a continued commitment to inform the public and inspire the next generation of budding young scientists.
PREVENTION: Breast Cancer Screening
Our team was out supporting a breast cancer screening event at He Has Risen Church of God in Christ in North Minneapolis on Saturday July 23,  2016. The Masonic Cancer Center’s Education and Community Engagement team was invited by the American Cancer Society to participate at this event and share our educational materials. Together, we provided free mammograms, health education and light refreshments to 20+ women from the community! 
OUTREACH: Cancer Moonshot Summit
More than 500 cancer researchers, oncologists, philanthropists, advocates, patients, and cancer survivors participated in the Minnesota Cancer Moonshot Summit at the University of Minnesota on June 29, 2016. Together, we generated ideas and commitments that will accelerate advances in cancer research, prevention, treatment, and survivorship - all part of a national effort to double the rate of progress toward a cure.  If you want to continue the conversation, join the MN Moonshot Summit Google Group dedicated to sharing  opportunities, asking questions, getting involved, and making a difference by clicking HERE.
BEYOND THE BENCH: Summer undergraduate research interns get a glimpse into the vast array of healthcare career opportunities
     When asked to imagine what a biomedical research internship might consist of, many people picture scientists in white lab coats and safety goggles mixing various concoctions at a benchtop covered in beakers and test tubes. While this may describe some of the summer internship research experiences at the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota, it is only one of the many opportunities available.
     These interns are busy working on research projects that vary widely from basic biomedical science, such as uncovering the role of a harmful chemical in cancer development, to community-based public health research evaluating the best ways to deliver cancer screening information to diverse populations. In addition to the guidance they receive from their faculty research mentors, Masonic Cancer Center interns also attend seminars and workshops focused on career and professional development, collaborative research practices, and causes of health disparities. To round out their experience, some interns also shadow healthcare providers, observing patient care in the clinical setting first hand. 
     “The people we’ve met through our internships have provided a great opportunity to work with healthcare professionals from very diverse backgrounds,” said Masonic Cancer Center intern Nitya Chandiramani. “It’s really motivational to hear how each of us can individually make a difference in addressing health disparities.”
     Intern Sey Lee describes her internship as an in-depth and diverse learning experience that has broadened her worldview and reinforced her interest in public health. “[The internship] has not only increased my knowledge, but also given me opportunities to apply it. You get to view your community from a new perspective, and see how your background can be used to bring something new to the table” said Lee. 
     One goal of these early education and training programs is to create a pipeline of qualified trainees that are well prepared for a wide range of healthcare-related careers. Many of the internship programs are directed toward under-represented minorities, promoting diversity in race, ethnicity, gender, and economic background within the biomedical research community.
     “The summer internship program aims to diversify the biomedical workforce through hands on experience, giving the interns exposure to careers in health sciences that often help them make better decisions about their next steps,” says Kristin Eide, administrative director for the Summer Undergraduate Research Internship through the Program in Health Disparities Research. “It also helps the interns build their professional network of peers and mentors who will be with them throughout their careers.”
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