Atenia Ruiz

Atenia Ruiz

Seeing how her migrant farm-worker parents labored diligently to improve their family’s lives in Las Vegas, Atenia Ruiz learned the value of hard work and dealing with adversity.
 
Now Ruiz, a first-generation Mexican-American who earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology, is pursuing a master’s degree in public health with an emphasis in epidemiology and biostatistics.
 
Her family’s cancer journeys gave her a desire to prevent the disease.
 
Seeking to gain knowledge about cancer control research, her mentor at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas encouraged her to apply to Éxito! Latino Cancer Research Leadership Training 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.
 
She said Éxito! gave her valuable information about cancer and doctoral programs.
 
“This program has definitely strengthened my reason to apply to a PhD program,” she said.

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