LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 21, 2023) — The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center’s Appalachian Career Training in Oncology Program (ACTION) offers a unique education and research opportunity for high schoolers and undergraduates from Appalachian Kentucky — a region that grapples with some of the nation’s highest cancer rates.
In this "UK at the Half," learn about ACTION from the program’s director, Nathan Vanderford, Ph.D., an associate professor in the UK College of Medicine. Camari Parker, a sophomore at Elliott County High School, also shares her experience as a student in the ACTION program.
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