Growing up in Peru, Johana Bravo remembers dreams of studying abroad in hopes of a better life.
In pursuit of her dreams, Bravo came to the United States and earned a bachelor’s of science in microbiology from the University of Kansas and is currently working on her master’s in public health degree at the University of Kansas Medical Center.
Bravo heard about the Éxito! Latino Cancer Research Leadership Training program from a mentor, and Bravo—wanting to advance in her professional career path but unsure on what her next steps should be—decided to apply for the program, which offers a five-day summer institute and internships to encourage master’s-level students and health professionals to pursue a doctoral degree and a cancer research career.
A colleague who participated in Éxito! also encouraged her to apply.
Bravo said Éxito! provided her with beneficial information about different research fields within cancer health disparities and the encouragement needed to make the next steps toward a career in research and a doctoral degree.