The student will prepare a “Commentary” or "News & Views" type document of roughly 750 words on an assigned paper recently published in the cancer research field. In the piece, the student will prepare an introduction to the paper and particularly the major topic/topics covered in the paper in question, so that others not intimately familiar with the specifics of the paper can understand the necessary background for the work and will have a big picture sense of the field from reading this portion of your "News & Views" piece.
The student will then critically comment on how the studies and findings in the paper have advanced knowledge in the specific research field in question and the cancer research field generally, emphasizing the major new conclusions and impact of the paper.
Finally, in the last third of the piece, the student will discuss some potential new directions and experimental studies that would be likely and promising avenues to extend the findings and conclusions offered in the paper in question.
The student’s written document will be submitted one week in advance of the Oral Presentation.
The Preliminary Exam Committee may vote to reject a poorly written proposal prior to the oral exam, providing a clear rationale for the rejection. If the written proposal is rejected, the student has one week to revise the proposal, address concerns and provide a revised proposal to the Exam Committee.