High school and undergraduate students interested in cancer research can choose from several rigorous pipeline programs to deepen their knowledge of cancer science, broaden their awareness of careers in the field, and build relationships with leaders in the scientific community fighting to unravel cancer’s mysteries.
Each program offers hands-on learning in a premier research laboratory or patient care facility and dedicated mentorship from UChicago faculty. The programs differ in terms of their eligibility requirements and the exact nature of training opportunities.
We welcome you to apply to the program best aligned with your career stage and interests.
Who: High school and college students AND secondary science educators
What: Full-time immersion in a cancer research laboratory, individualized mentoring, skill-building workshops, faculty lecture series, research symposium and group social events
When:8 weeks for 2 consecutive summers, plus monthly activities during the academic year
Who: High school students interested in careers in scientific research or medicine
What: Full-time immersion in a cancer research laboratory, individualized mentoring, career and skill-building workshops, faculty lecture series, student research symposium and group social events
When: 8 weeks, summer
Who: High school seniors accepted into college and current college students from populations underrepresented in the sciences, interested in careers in medicine
What: Clinical shadowing, community service, faculty lectures and pre-medical advising
When: 6 weeks, summer
Who: College students interested in a MD/PhD or PhD in the biomedical sciences
What: Full-time immersion in laboratory research, individualized mentorship by a research scientist, participate in national student conferences and career and skill-building workshops and attend social and cultural events
When: 8-10 weeks, summer
Students Gain Experience Working Side-by-Side with Cancer Researchers
Each summer, the UChicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center opens its doors to the next generation of clinicians and scientists. The programs, Chicago EYES (Educators and Youth Enjoy Science) on Cancer and researcHStart, partner high school students and undergraduates with research faculty to conduct cancer research.Faculty mentors and student researchers share their experiences
From High School Student to Budding Scientist
A student from the Chicago EYES on Cancer research training program shares her experiences working with UChicago Medicine faculty.Read Sidney Trotter's story