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Tougaloo College students (from left) Ansley Scott, Joshua Agee and Diva Whalen are among six undergraduates who just completed a 10-week program at the University of Mississippi Medical Center that focuses on eradicating prostate cancer. The collaborative effort between UMMC, Tougaloo and Jackson State University gave student researchers the chance to search for a prostate cancer cure by working on specific projects alongside faculty mentors from UMMC's Cancer Institute. Each presented their findings July 30 during the annual Prostate Cancer Research Mini-Symposium on the UMMC campus. Their work is much needed; prostate cancer is most often found in African-American men, and they typically have its most aggressive form. The program also seeks to train students from historically black colleges and universities so that they can pursue doctorates and medical degrees and increase diversity in biomedical and cancer research.