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Pacific Student Receives Scholarship in Support of Cancer Research

Mar 3, 2011

Headshot photo of Pacific pharmacy student Daniel Huynh.Daniel T. Huynh, a first-year pharmacy student at University of the Pacific's Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy, is one of 27 recipients of the American Association for Cancer Research Center's (AACR) Thomas J. Bardos Science Education Award for Undergraduate Students. Awardees for the scholarship were announced today. This will be Huynh's second year as an award recipient.

The award, which is meant to inspire undergraduate science students to enter the field of cancer research, is a two-year award that provides a unique educational opportunity for students in the development of their careers in science. Awardees receive free registration for participation in two consecutive AACR Annual Meetings and a $1,500 stipend for expenses associated with attending the meetings and related school projects.

"I first became interested in cancer when I saw all those who it affects and that it truly does not discriminate," Huynh said. "I hope that in the future I can enter a field that will allow me to continue cancer research and help make cancer medications and treatments more accessible."

Huynh has developed a poster based on some of his research on the natural products - parthenolide and andrographolide - that exhibit anti-cancer stem cell activity in multiple myeloma. It will be presented at a AACR conference in April. The poster includes information about his research on the cancer myeloma, which he hopes will lead to a potential cure for the disease.