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Komen Mentoring and Training in Cancer Health Disparities (MATCH)

Didactic training in research methods through matriculation in a BU graduate degree program.The MATCH program is administered through the Women’s Health Interdisciplinary Research Center and the Center of Excellence in Women’s Health with expertise in community-engaged health services research focused on the needs of low-income, minority women. Our mentorship team will support MATCH Scholars to ensure coordination of rigorous didactic graduate degree training with unique community-engaged breast cancer research opportunities. An annual stipend to support completion of the following program components:

  1. Career mentorship from MATCH Mentors (see list below) to ensure future potential to work in breast cancer disparities research.
  2. Peer and faculty advising to identify, develop and complete a mentored research project.
  3. Training in the conduct of community-engaged research methods in partnership with our Breast Cancer Patient Advisory Group.

Upon completion of the program, MATCH Scholars will have the skills and knowledge necessary to effectively explore the causes of differential breast cancer outcomes and interventions to reduce disparities.

Eligibility Criteria for Komen MATCH Scholars:

  • Enrolled in a BU masters, combined masters/doctoral, or doctoral degree program;
  • Has a minimum of 20 hours per week to devote to program components;
  • Has demonstrated/Will demonstrate a proven commitment to pursuing a research career in breast cancer disparities;
  • Is strongly endorsed by a research mentor or program director;
  • Representative of a population affected by disparities, not required but strongly preferred;
  • Not required to be U.S. citizen or resident (however, visa costs are NOT supported)

Slots for the 2017-18 academic year have been filled.


2017-18 Komen MATCH Scholars
2016 Komen Scholars

Chen Khuan Wong, Eleni Stampouloglou, Lauren Barber (l-r)


2017-18 Komen MATCH Scholars:

Lauren Barber:  PhD Program in Epidemiology at Boston University School of Public Health, 2016-Present
Eleni Stampouloglou: PhD Candidate in the Department of Biochemistry at Boston University School of Medicine,  2013-Present
 Chen Wong: PhD Candidate in Genetics and Genomics at Boston University School of Medicine,  2012-Present


Komen MATCH Mentors

Komen MATCH Past Scholars