Club Profile: Cancer Research Society

By: Raquel Leifer  |  September 18, 2022

By Raquel Leifer, Features Editor

Each month, the YU Observer aims to highlight one club available to the YU undergraduate community. For the September 2022 edition, the YU Observer is highlighting the Cancer Research Society.

Club Name: Cancer Research Society

Heads: Sara Chemel (SCW 23’) and Gabrielle Kupferman (SCW 23’)

Relevant Campus(es): Beren 

What is your club’s mission statement?:

The Cancer Research Society is for motivated students who are passionate about innovation in medicine, specifically in the field of cancer research. As part of a community dedicated to studying advancements in cancer treatment, students will learn about current findings at the forefront of the field. 

Why is this club important?:

Our club is important in encouraging a culture of collaboration in the sciences. Making involvement in research more accessible to Stern students is of utmost importance to us. It is crucial that we ensure a passion and drive for research in the undergraduate community, especially in a field as ever-changing as oncology.

What inspired you to get involved in/start the club?:

We have both taken part in cancer research over our undergraduate careers. I (Gabrielle) did a summer research program at the MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Sara works in a lab studying triple negative breast cancer. We both recognize that there is room for tremendous growth in the field; this club encourages us to stay current on the ever-changing field of cancer. 

What are some things your club has done in the past?:

We have met to discuss articles relating to innovation in cancer treatment, with club members researching and presenting advancements in areas of cancer research that interest them. Last year we discussed an article about the ability of exercise to reduce systemic immune inflammation index (SII) in childhood cancer patients.

What are some plans you have for this semester/future semesters?:

We plan to bring in researchers from nearby institutions who are at the forefront of advancements in cancer treatment. 

What is your advice to someone looking to get involved on campus?:

Join our WhatsApp group chat to learn about upcoming events, and reach out to one of our club heads if you are interested in presenting an article!

Anything else to say about your club:

Please reach out to us with any questions at and  

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