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Sorensen Endowment recipients group photo
(Left to right: John MacArthur, Pearman deTreville Parker Hayne, Heather Mentrup, Donna Sorensen, Jiali Zheng, and Minghui Li)


Donna Sorensen, former USC First Lady, paid a special visit to the University to greet the first recipients of the Donna and Andrew Sorensen Endowment for Health Sciences Fund.  The Sorensen Endowment was a gift to the CCCR to support, as well as attract, outstanding graduate students conducting cancer research leading to a PhD degree.  This year’s recipients are Taryn Cranford from the School of Medicine, Heather Mentrup from the College of Arts and Sciences, Minghui “Sam” Li from the College of Pharmacy, Pearman deTreville Parker Hayne from the College of Nursing, John MacArthur from the College of Arts and Sciences, and Jiali Zheng from the Arnold School of Public Health.

Mrs. Sorensen met the Endowment recipients at a luncheon hosted by President Harris Pastides and First Lady Patricia Moore-Pastides at the President’s House.  There, she shared her thoughts on the importance of their research and encouraged the students to “pay it forward” and use the research supported by this award to improve society.  Afterwards, each of the students offered a few comments about their research. 

­­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).

Program details:

  • 10 week program: May 22, 2017 - July 28, 2017
  • $4,000 stipend, on-campus housing, and up to $1,000 travel expenses
  • Summer research symposium
  • 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 February 17th:

  • 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.)


Apply now!


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Wright Molina Award 2016

(left to right)Irene Wright, Kendra McBride-DeWitt,
David Wright, Gailya Walter, Frank Berger

David Wright, a colon cancer survivor and CCCR advocate, was awarded the Molina Healthcare Community Champion Award for his advocacy and promotion of colorectal cancer screening in underserved communities.  David was given the award at Molina's annual dinner and awards program on November 9 in Charleston, SC. 

The annual Community Champion Awards was established to honor the memory of Molina Healthcare's founder, Dr. David Molina.  This year's event honored 6 individuals from across the state for their selflessness, extraordinary service, and contribution to their community, especially those in need.  In addition to the award, each person was awarded a $1,000 grant so that he or she can “pay it forward” to their designated community organization.