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June 20, 2007

Fred M. Jacobs, M.D., J.D.

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New Jersey Commission on Cancer Research Awards Summer Fellowships


The New Jersey Commission on Cancer Research (NJCCR) has awarded summer fellowships to 15 college students who will work with established cancer researchers in university laboratories around the state.

Students will work on a wide variety of projects in laboratories at Drew University, Princeton University, Rutgers – the State University of New Jersey, Stevens Institute of Technology, and the University of Medicine and Dentistry’s Robert Wood Johnson and New Jersey medical schools.  Each student will be supported by a $4,000 summer fellowship.

For more than 20 years, the NJCCR has attracted promising scholars to the state through the Summer Fellowship Program.  Through the fellowship, students who are interested in careers in cancer research gain valuable hands-on laboratory experience.  Fellowships are awarded based on academic qualifications of the student, the merit of the proposed project, and the qualifications of the sponsoring researcher.

“Over the years, the summer fellowship program has proven to be a sound investment. It has helped us attract some of the most talented students to cancer research, and has helped New Jersey build a foundation for the kind of scientific investigation that will keep us at the forefront in the war against cancer,” said Anna Marie Skalka, Ph.D., Chairwoman of the NJCCR.

Below is a complete list of 2007 Summer Fellowship students and their home towns.  The students are listed by the academic institution at which they will work.

Drew University

Karen LeSuer                     Morristown

Princeton University

Stuart B. Carter                 Vienna, VA

Walter Chen                      New York, NY

Tom S. Feng                      Madison, MS

Keren D. Glinert                  Troy, NY

Derek G. Rudge                  Denville

Rajani Sharma                    Warren

Aubrey G. Wagenseller         Louisville, KY


Rutgers – The State University of New Jersey

Shawnna M. Bennett           Somerdale

Kristen L. Bridges                Ho-Ho-Kus

Valentina Marcelli               Highland Park

Matthew H. Zegarek           East Brunswick

Stevens Institute of Technology

Tiffany H. Jow                   Aberdeen


Manisha Bhattacharya         Princeton Junction

Aileen Q. Gavina                 Jersey City

The New Jersey Commission on Cancer Research was established in 1983 (Cancer Research Act of 1983 – P.L.83, Ch.6: T 52 9l-u) to promote significant and original research in New Jersey into the causes, prevention, treatment and palliation of cancer and to serve as a resource to providers and consumers of cancer services.  Since its inception, the NJCCR has helped launch the careers of over 250 scientists and provided resources to train more than 100 fellows in cancer research.

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