Janaé Bonnell

Janae Bonnell

“I will be able to apply the skills I learned while doing this report to future projects, both inside and outside of the classroom.”

—Janaé Bonnell

Disparities in Cancer Incidence and Mortality on Native American Reservations

Term paper written for Molecular and Cellular Biology 23: History of Cancer

Bonnell investigated the factors that contribute to higher rates of cancer incidence and mortality on Native American reservations, including socioeconomic issues; environmental exposures, such as living in close proximity to oil drilling; disparities in healthcare access and quality; historical trauma and the Native American relationship with Western medicine. She used over 30 sources, from peer-reviewed journal articles to personal narratives to census data.

In Her Own Words

Read Janaé’s reflective essay from her Lang Prize application.