Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"CPIP: Public Understanding of Breast Cancer Subtypes"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Full-Year 2010 - CPIP
Research area(s):
Breast Cancer, Prevention, Communication, Public Understanding of Science, Survey Research
Project Description:
There is more than one type of breast cancer (referred to as subtypes). Researchers have found that prevention (i.e., how to keep it from happening), detection(i.e., how to find it), and treatment (i.e., how to cure it) vary across these subtypes. However, whether the public is aware of breast cancer subtypes and how they differ is an unexplored question. This is important because how people understand an illness significantly shapes their attitudes and behaviors. Starting in summer 2010, Professor Jensen's lab will be surveying a random sample of adult women to identify if and how people understand breast cancer subtypes.
Expected Student Contributions:
For Summer 2010: The intern will review research on breast cancer subtypes. Following this literature review, the intern will work with Professor Jensen to design a survey instrument. The intern will complete both human and animal IRB training (i.e., CITI training) so they are fully eligible to assist with research. The intern will work with other members of the lab to collect data using the portable lab. For Fall 2010, Spring 2011: The intern will continue with data collection (if necessary). The intern will present the research at a campus poster session. The intern will learn about data analysis and help to write manuscripts that stem from the project.
Related Website(s):
http://www.purdue.edu/hicc/
Desired Qualifications:
All majors welcome to apply GPA: 3.5 or higher Must have at least one year of undergraduate coursework left at the start of the internship (i.e., May 2010) Must be interested in cancer research, in some fashion, as a career path
Estimated Weekly Hours:
12
Department awards independent research credits for this project?
Yes, 4 credit hours

Professor in Charge

Name:
Jensen, Jakob
Deptartment/College:
Communication

Student Supervisor

Name:
Jakob Jensen
Title:
Assistant Professor

Cooperating Faculty

Name:
Dorothy Teegarden
Deptartment/College:
Foods and Nutrition