When BCCC Science Transfer major Duha Awad lost her father to throat cancer in March 2012, it was one of the hardest moments of her life. Duha came to BCCC and enrolled as a STEM Scholar to pursue her dream of becoming a medical researcher, so no one would ever again have to suffer the pain her father went through.
According to Duha, her experiences at BCCC helped her to see the world differently – and begin imagining herself as part of the corps of medical professionals involved in the search for a cure for cancer.
Four years ago, she came to the U.S. from Jordan with her dream in hand: To work on cancer with the leading experts in Maryland if not the world; perhaps even get a job with the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH).
In her words, “By the help of the amazing faculty and staff at Baltimore City Community College, my dream is coming true. On Feb. 9, I was selected to attend the [NIH] 2017 Community College Summer Enrichment Program (CCSEP).”
The purpose of the program according to the Office of Intramural Training & Education, the NIH organization which administers it - is to increase the number of community college students who participate in the NIH Summer Internship Program (SIP), with the long-term goal to increase the number of community college students who transfer to four-year colleges and universities and consider careers in the biomedical sciences.
As part of her summer program, which runs June 5 through Aug. 11, Duha will get the opportunity to work full time in a state-of-the-art research setting learning modern research techniques and be matched with an NIH scientist, known as an investigator. She will earn a stipend of $2,040-$2,240 per month. At the end of the program, all CCSEP participants will present their research at the 2017 Summer Poster Day.
Duha is the second BCCC student chosen to participate in this prestigious national competitive program. The other, Toni Rose-Guiriba, who went on to study at Johns Hopkins University, participated in the summer of 2012.