The mission of the Brigham Young University Simmons Center for Cancer
Research (SCCR) is to support and facilitate foundational discovery research
leading to the development of more effective methods to prevent, diagnose, treat,
and cure cancer.
A major focus of that mission is to provide experience to students
that inspires and begins the training of the
next generation of cancer clinicians and researchers.
About the SCCR
The BYU Simmons Center for Cancer Research is an organization composed of distinguished professors in the fields of Chemical Engineering; Chemistry and Biochemistry; Health Sciences; Integrative Biology; Microbiology and Molecular Biology; Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Science; Physiology and Developmental Biology; and Statistics. These professors are some of the best noted and productive researchers in their respective departments. Every year the SCCR funds numerous cancer research fellowships, allowing students a chance to work with these prestigious researchers to study cancer and its mechanisms. These professors and students are driven to make a significant contribution to the discovery of a cure for cancer.
Since 1997, when the fellowship program was initiated, more than 200 undergraduate and graduate students have been funded for full-time cancer research over a semester. Their research has resulted in more than 140 publications with more to come. More importantly, the SCCR fellowship program has been a platform for many students into lifelong careers of oncology research as well as clinical practice. The Simmons Center for Cancer Research is proud to fund many of Brigham Young University’s brightest student researchers in cancer research.
History of the Simmons Center for Cancer Research
In 1977, the BYU Cancer Research Center was established as a joint venture between the Colleges of Physical and Mathematical Sciences and Biology and Agriculture. In 2014, the name was changed to the Simmons Center for Cancer Research in honor of renowned chemist and former Director Daniel L. Simmons. The SCCR has two distinct goals: first is to give students a vision of the role of BYU in doing cancer research. The vision can only be effectively engendered in students by involving them directly in cancer research, which is the primary goal of the SCCR. Over 100 undergraduate and graduate students annually pursue various aspects of cancer research with members of the SCCR. The second part is that students are to be “given the vision that [BYU] could make a significant contribution to the discovery of a cure for cancer.” Hence, cancer research at BYU is published, innovative, and significant.