Fall Travel Award Recipients

Meet the University of Illinois Cancer Center Fall Travel Award recipients in two new videos on the Cancer Center’s YouTube channel.

In the videos, Carla Gabriela Floricel and Dahee Jung, two PhD students at the University of Illinois Chicago UIC), discuss their research and how they each will use their $500 awards to offset the cost of travel and registration to present their cancer-related work at conferences. The conferences are opportunities for the young scientists to share their work, as well as chances to network with other scientists.

Floricel, a fifth-year PhD student in the Computer Science Department at UIC, is a research assistant in the Electronic Visualization Laboratory and her academic advisor is Cancer Center member Georgeta-Elisabeta “Liz” Marai, PhD, part of the Cancer Center’s Cancer Prevention and Control research program.

“My research is in visual data science, and I focus primarily in medical data visualization. During my PhD studies, my advisor and I have collaborated with clinical oncologists from MD Anderson in Texas and data scientists from the University of Iowa to better understand symptoms that head and neck cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy are facing during and after cancer treatment,” Floricel explained.

Learn more about Floricel’s work in the video.

Jung, a fourth-year PhD student in the Pharmaceutical Sciences program at the UIC College of Pharmacy, in in the lab of Cancer Center member Steve Seung-Young Lee, PhD, part of the Cancer Center’s Translational Oncology research program.

“My current research focuses on developing a new dendritic cell-targeting neoantigen peptide vaccine platform for effective cancer immunotherapy,” Jung explained.

Learn more about Jung’s work in the video.

Spring Travel Award Details

The Spring 2024 Travel Award Application is open and the deadline to apply is January 31, 2024.

Who is eligible to apply?

  • Students, postdoctoral fellows, and clinical residents/fellows engaged in cancer-related research and mentored by faculty at UIC.
  • To be considered, applicants should complete the Cancer Center Trainee Membership form if not done so in the past.
  • Applicants must have proof of submission of an abstract for an oral or poster presentation at a conference or scientific meeting.
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