North Carolina Central University undergraduate Prince Neequaye has become a steady presence in the labs at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Centerthis summer. For eight weeks, he has been working as a Fellow, conducting cancer research alongside Carolina’s world-class faculty. The research fellowship is a critical component of the Partners Cancer Research Education program.
As a unique program requirement, Neequaye temporarily resides on UNC-Chapel Hill’s campus, effectually expanding his network of scholars and peers. He has yet to unpack the boxes in his dorm room at Rams Village, but Neequaye proudly – though briefly – calls Carolina home.
“NCCU is a very small school; there I can just walk from end to end without even getting on the bus,” Neequaye said. “UNC is a very big school. You have a lot of opportunities to learn from the best.”
Lineberger, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and NCCU worked together to create the Partners Program. NCCU and Carolina students participate in summer intensive and academic year activities, and essentially switch campuses to broaden their cancer and public health research experiences.