Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"Breast cancer patterns and nutrition in African countries"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Full-Year 2012 - CPIP
Research area(s):
anthropology, cell biology, nutrition
Project Description:
This project will utilize library and internet sources and contact with other scholars in Africa to study patterns of breast cancer, death rates, and several variables that are thought to have an impact on prevention and intervention with breast cancer in African countries. Particularly important will be to understand the nutritional patterns in selected countries, the cultural values and beliefs about the body and the breasts, attitudes and knowledge about breast cancer and health, and cultural values and preferences concerning food. We are also going to be interested in finding out about traditional diets, changes in diets, and patterns of food availability that might influence nutritional status. One country of particular interest where contacts are already underway is Ghana.
Expected Student Contributions:
The intern will work with the faculty to develop a set of questions that can be studied initially through internet and library sources, write summaries for the breast cancer and nutrition project, learn about food and nutrition in African contexts, and investigate health care systems of selected countries. The intern will develop a poster presentation. The intern will work with the faculty on utilizing photographs and data to develop a presentation.
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Desired Qualifications:
those required by CPIP
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?
Yes, 3 credit hours

Professor in Charge

Gruenbaum, Ellen
Anthropology/Liberal arts

Student Supervisor

Ellen Gruenbaum

Cooperating Faculty

Sophie Lelievre
Basic Medical Sciences/Veterinary Medicine