All students at Bennington participate in internships or get similar other positions during Field Work Term (FWT) – it’s one of the distinguishing features of a Bennington education. In science, this often means that students perform experimental work at research universities, gaining skills and experiences that compliment those developed through their coursework on campus.
During FWT 2014, current graduating senior Carlos Mendez had the opportunity to do breast cancer research at The Department of Cancer Biology in the Beckman Research Institute at the City of Hope. Results from his research were just published in the journal Breast Cancer Research and Treatment. He contributed to an investigation that examined the efficacy of a novel combination of drugs on so-called triple-negative breast cancers. Results indicated that this particular drug combination could offer new targeted therapies for such breast cancers, making a strong case that clinical studies in patients should be pursued.
Read the abstract here. Congratulations, Carlos