Apply for Exito! Training/Internships by March 1, 2013

Contact:   Cliff Despres, (210) 562-6517

SAN ANTONIO (Oct. 22, 2012) — Applications are now available to download for the 2013 Éxito! Latino Cancer Research Leadership Training program at the Institute for Health Promotion Research at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Éxito! (Success!) will select 20 master’s-level students and master’s trained health professionals from across the nation to attend a five-day summer institute June 3-7, 2013, in San Antonio, offering tools, tips, role models and motivation to encourage participants to pursue a doctoral degree and a career studying how cancer affects Latinos differently.

Participants also will be eligible for one of nine $5,000 internships.

Apply here by March 1, 2013.

“We believe Éxito! gives participants a more-informed look at applying for and attaining a doctoral degree and highlights the need for novel research on why Latinos suffer worse cancer outcomes,” said Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez, director of the IHPR and Éxito!, which is funded by the National Cancer Institute.

Would Éxito! be good for you?

Just ask Steven Lopez, a community health policy planner in San Mateo, Calif. who attended the 2012 Éxito! Summer Institute to explore the benefits of a doctoral degree and learn more about what research fields might interest him.

Éxito! played a very important role in guiding my next steps by exposing me to other Latinos who have overcome barriers and life challenges, showing me various research interests and perspectives worth pursuing in a doctoral program and providing me a network of students and professionals willing to serve as mentors,” Lopez said.

Of the 37 Éxito! program participants in 2011 and 2012, about half already have applied to doctoral degree programs. Eight have been accepted.

Learn more about Éxito!, read testimonials from program alumni and apply here.

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, one of the country’s leading health sciences universities, ranks in the top 3 percent of all institutions worldwide receiving federal funding. Research and other sponsored program activity totaled $231 million in fiscal year 2011. The university’s schools of medicine, nursing, dentistry, health professions and graduate biomedical sciences have produced approximately 28,000 graduates. The $736 million operating budget supports eight campuses in San Antonio, Laredo, Harlingen and Edinburg. For more information on the many ways “We make lives better®,” visit

The Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) in the School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio investigates the causes and solutions to the unequal impact of cancer and chronic disease among certain populations, including Latinos, in San Antonio, South Texas and the nation. The IHPR, founded in 2006, uses evidence-guided research, training and community outreach to improve the health of those at a disadvantage due to race/ethnicity or social determinants, such as education or income. Visit the IHPR online at or follow its blog at

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