Sugden lab raises $5000 for cancer education and awareness

The BESTT team at the UW Carbone’s Race for Research. From left to right: Zach Pratt, Quincy Rosemarie, Adityarup Chakravorty, Rebecca Hutcheson, Adriel Taslim, Bill Sugden, Donata Oertel, Nathan Sherer

Dr. Bill Sugden’s lab spent the last month raising money for the Summer Research Institute, a cancer research program for high school students in the Janesville School District. Not afraid to sweat a little for science, members of the Sugden lab and other McArdle researchers signed up for the UW Carbone’s Race for Research as the BESTT (Bridging Education and Science Today for Tomorrow) team.

This summer kicks off the program’s first year. The Summer Research Institute is the brainchild of Dr. Zach Pratt, a graduate student and former researcher at the McArdle Lab.

The race took place this past weekend, and the team was incredibly proud to have met their fundraising goal of $5000, said Rebecca Hutcheson, a graduate student in Sugden’s lab.

“We are thrilled to take part in supporting young, aspiring scientists through our fundraising. This program will be a huge head start for students and an experience many would not have had otherwise,” said Hutcheson.

The BESTT team thanks all who contributed to their fundraising efforts and showed their support.

Read more about the Summer Research Institute and the BESTT team’s fundraising efforts here.