9th Annual Unmasking Colon Cancer Gala


Photos from the 9th Annual Unmasking Colon Cancer Gala is now available.

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FayadThis morning, we at the Center for Colon Cancer Research were deeply saddened to learn about the loss of a beloved colleague and friend, Dr. Raja Fayad.  Dr. Fayad began collaborating with researchers at the Center upon his arrival in the USC 's Department of Exercise Science in 2008.  His research, which focused on inflammation and colon cancer, held great promise in helping to prevent and treat disease.  Dr. Fayad was highly respected by his colleagues and students in the research laboratory as well as in the classroom.  His gentle and patient demeanor complemented a sharp intellect and passion for science.  The Center offers its deepest sympathies to the family, friends, colleagues, and students of Dr. Fayad.  We will all miss him.

CCCR Investigator Susan Steck authored “Dietary Inflammatory Index and risk of colorectal cancer in Iowa women's health study” in Cancer Epidemiology and Biomarkers Prevention.

[Via UofSC Today]

­­CCCR Summer Undergraduate Minority Research Program

The Center for Colon Cancer Research (CCCR) at the University of South Carolina is leading the development of innovative and groundbreaking research in colorectal cancer. One of the primary goals of the CCCR is to foster the progression of young scientists, and we are seeking undergraduate students to participate in research internships in a cancer-related field (e.g., biological sciences, pharmacy, public health). During the summer of 2015, a CCCR Summer Undergraduate Minority Research Program will be inaugurated.

Program details:

  • 10 week program: May 24, 2015 - July 31, 2015
  • $4,000 stipend, on-campus housing, and up to $1,000 travel expenses
  • Summer research symposium (July 31st)
  • Professional development workshops and research seminars


  • Rising juniors and seniors
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Any major related to biomedical or public health research
  • Underrepresented minority: African-American, Hispanic American, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander

To apply, please submit the following by March 6th:

  • a personal statement describing your interest in cancer research (no longer than one page)
  • a current transcript (Official transcript should be mailled)
  • two letters of support from science professors
  • preferences for up to 3 potential faculty mentors (see our list here.)

Application deadline:  March 6, 2015


Apply now!


Official transcript should be mailed to the following address: 

Dr. Douglas Pittman
South Carolina College of Pharmacy
University of South Carolina
Coker Life Sciences Building
715 Sumter Street
Columbia, SC 29208


For Letters of Recommendation:

Please have recommendations emailed as an attachment to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mailed to the address above.


For questions or more information, please contact Doug Pittman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .