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Éxito! Latino Cancer Research Leadership Training offers an annual summer institute and internships to increase diversity in Latino cancer research by encouraging Latino master’s-level students and health professionals to pursue a doctoral degree and a career in research.

Éxito!, led by the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at UT Health San Antonio seeks to enhance participants' understanding of the power of research to affect change; interest in cancer control research, from surveillance to epidemiology, individual behavior change, health services, and policy research; and skills in research, networking, and motivation to successfully apply to a doctoral program.



  • Summer Institute: 25 participants are selected to attend a 5-day Summer Institute, Careers in Latino Cancer Health Disparities Research, discussing Latino cancer disparities, tools to apply to a doctoral program, and more.
  • Paid Internships: The program often offer annual internships to Éxito! participants who complete the Summer Institute.


APPLY HERE for the annual Éxito! summer institute and internships.

Eligibility includes minority/Hispanic students (defined as being from an underrepresented community that experiences an excess or unknown burden in the field of health disparities and cancer control research) who are in a master’s-level health program (with a minimum completion of that program’s first semester by June 2014) or a master’s-trained health professional. Current doctoral students or those accepted into doctoral programs are not eligible.

Eligibility also requires: good academic standing (minimum “B” average) and strong verbal, written, interpersonal, and organizational skills.




The IHPR's Éxito! project is funded by a 5-year (2015-2020) training grant (2R25CA134301-06) from the National Cancer Institute. IHPR Director Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez also is the program’s principal investigator. Other IHPR researchers involved are Kip Gallion, Arely Perez, and Cynthia Wittenburg. Dr. Rena Pasick, director of a similar training program in California, is the program’s co-principal investigator.

Participants learned about cancer research and doctoral degree application during the first-ever Summer Institute of Exito Latino Cancer Research Leadership Training on June 2-6, 2011, in San Antonio. Exito is led by the Institute for Health Promotion Research.