Exercise & Sport Science  
Cancer Control Research Apprenticeship Program

The cancer burden is significant. Cancer is the #1 killer worldwide and the second leading cause of death in the United States. Cancer affects everyone. In fact, 1 of 3 people will be diagnosed of cancer in their lifetime and the other two will know someone who is diagnosed. Fortunately, over 30% of cancers can be prevented by a healthy lifestyle (e.g. exercising, eating a healthy diet, avoiding environmental risk factors), early detection, and immunization to specific cancers. More research, specifically in Exercise Science, is needed to help decrease the incidence & prevalence of cancers, help manage disease and treatment effects, and help increase Quality of Life (QOL) among all those affected by cancer.

Students interested in cancer research are encouraged to participate in the Cancer Control Research Apprenticeship Program. The purpose of the program is to mentor students in the study of exercise and its role in cancer prevention, cancer treatment, and cancer control. The primary research focus is the design and implementation of exercise interventions for cancer patients, cancer survivors, and cancer caregivers. Secondary emphasis includes QOL measures, Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) approaches, and technological applications (i.e. Mobile Health). Additional research initiatives may include collaboration with American Cancer Society, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Peggy and Charles Stephenson Cancer Center, and various universities and other professional organizations around the country.

Program Benefits & Highlights:

  • Focused mentorship in cancer control research
  • Advanced instruction in Cancer Pathophysiology and Exercise Physiology
  • Rewarding experience working with cancer patients & cancer survivors
  • Opportunity to conduct field research and clinical studies
  • Opportunity to submit for peer­-reviewed publications
  • Opportunity to present research at local, regional, & national conferences
  • Opportunity to submit for research support and grant funding
  • Several opportunities for collaboration and networking
  • Increase opportunities for graduate school admission (e.g. PhD, MD)
  • Increase employment opportunities (e.g. academic, research, clinical)
  • Opportunity to receive tuition remission and/or monthly stipend
  • Earn course credit toward Thesis/Project requirements

Program Requirements:

  • Interest in cancer research
  • Admission to ESS program
  • 3.0 Cumulative GPA (4.0 scale)
  • 3.0 GPA (Sciences & Statistics)
  • Ability to commit to research workload
  • Research experience (preferred)
  • Statistical knowledge & experience (preferred)
  • Writing sample (peer­-reviewed preferred)
  • 3 letters of support (2 professional, 1 personal)
  • Personal interview

All interested students are encouraged to apply. Early applications and students meeting program requirements will have priority. Students not meeting all requirements may be admitted with conditional status at the discretion of the Program Director. Please contact ESS Graduate Program Director, Dr. Tom V. Darling, at tvdarling@okcu.edu or (405) 208-­-5016.