CaRES Student-Initiated Projects

The ideas for almost all CaRES projects arise from UAB faculty members who submit their cancer research project descriptions to the CaRES website. 

However, the idea for a CaRES project can come from a student!  

A student who is eligible for the CaRES program, and who has a specific cancer research interest, may draft a description of a cancer research project that he or she has in mind, and then attempt to identify an appropriate UAB faculty member to serve as their preceptor.  On occasion an eligible student attends a lecture by a cancer researcher, and decides to approach that lecturer to be his or her preceptor.  On other occasions, the student has a cancer project in mind, but needs guidance with regard to possible preceptors for that project. 

For instance, if a student is interested in studying the effects of pesticide exposure on breast cancer risk, the student should draft a brief description of the project that they would like to do, then approach the faculty member that he or she has in mind.  Or if the student does not know who an appropriate preceptor would be, the student should search the UAB website in an attempt to identify a UAB faculty member who has expertise and publications in this area of research, and who would make a good preceptor.  The CaRES program faculty can help with this search.  Then the student can contact this faculty member to share his or her draft description and research ideas, and to ask that faculty member to submit the project description (after it has been refined and polished as needed) to the CaRES website. 

ONLY UAB OR HUDSONALPHA FACULTY MEMBERS – NOT STUDENTS – CAN SUBMIT PROJECT DESCRIPTIONS TO THE CaRES WEBSITE USING THE CaRES PRECEPTOR APPLICATION.

After the project description has appeared on the CaRES website for a minimum of 48 hours the faculty member can officially choose the student who drafted the project description to be the CaRES intern for that project.  But in the meantime, other students may read the project description and become interested in doing the project.  Posting the project description for 48 hours allows other students to request an interview.  In this way, a second student can be identified and possibly recruited to do a related project along with the original student, should there be enough work to occupy two students full-time. 

Students who want to propose their own CaRES cancer research project but who need help in finding an appropriate UAB faculty preceptor, are advised to contact one of the Program Directors, Dr. John Waterbor (h2obor@uab.edu) or Dr. Peter Smith (prsmith@uab.edu), who can review and edit the draft of the project description if needed, and suggest potential faculty preceptors who the student can approach. 

UPDATED JANUARY 18, 2017