The Burns-Waugh Research Fellowship

     The goal of the Burns-Waugh Research Fellowship, funded by Fighting Cancer Below the Belt, is to develop physician-scientists beginning early in medical education. This development requires more than just research experience. Clinical exposure and mentorship are critical for the medical student to fully explore the dynamic role, responsibilities, and lifestyle of the physician-scientist. To this aim, Below the Belt and Dr. Vickie Bae-Jump, MD, PhD , UNC Division of Gynecologic-Oncology, have teamed up to create a summer research fellowship that combines scientific exploration, exposure to clinical and surgical oncology, and mentorship in the summer between the first and second year of medical school.

      Below the Belt will provide a $3000 fellowship to an outstanding MS1 student to work in the laboratory with Dr. Bae-Jump for the summer. The Burns-Waugh Research Fellow will be exposed to a wide range of cellular and molecular techniques, including working with established cancer cell lines, genetically engineered mouse ovarian and endometrial cancer mouse models and human tumor specimens. Although research is a vital component of the life of a physician-scientist, this is equally balanced with the compassionate care of patients. Oncology clinic and operating room experience will give the fellow an understanding of the medical and surgical treatments, as well as the importance of the patient perspective in fighting gynecologic cancers. The fellow will also attend several lectures and lunch talks given by UNC faculty about academic medicine, turn in a written summary of their work, and prepare a poster presentation. Academic elective credit is available if all requirements are met. No research proposal or experience is required though a willingness to learn is a must and an interest in gynecologic malignancies is a plus.


For information on how to apply, visit UNC's Office of Medical Student Research.

February, 2013

Congratulations to Monica Schointuch of UNC School of Medicine for being selected as our first Burns-Waugh Research Fellow!


October, 2013

Congratulations to Monica for being awarded best medical student presenter at the Mid-Atlantic Gyn-Oncology Society (MAGOS) conference for her research completed through the Burns-Waugh Research Fellowship.  Her research investigates statin use in ovarian and endometrial cancer models and is paving the way for further studies.  


From Monica:

"I have learned so much more than I expected when starting in the lab. I have gained a mentorship that many students dream of. I have heard and seen firsthand how admirable Dr. Bae-Jump is. I hope to one day have similar relationships with my patients. Everyone in the lab and GYN Oncology department have been so welcoming and supportive. This amazing experience will be one I never forget and I will be forever grateful for. I can’t thank you enough for this unique and special opportunity. I am excited for what the future holds.

Thank you so much for this rewarding experience!"

Monica Schointuch