SHE in Oncology Zoom meeting

SHE (Summer Healthcare Experience) in Oncology is a virtual, multi-institutional program for high school students interested in science and medicine. 

Over the course of two weeks, SHE trainees collaborate on a genetics-based research project, and patient case study project, to explore key facets of cancer science and care. Trainees also participate in daily faculty lectures, panel discussions, and skill-building workshops, acquiring knowledge and networks for next steps on biomedical career pathways.

SHE in Oncology is funded by a grant from the American Cancer Society in affiliation with the ResearcHERS initiative to support women-led cancer research. Programming is delivered in part through a partnership with eCLOSE Institute.


About SHE in Oncology

  • University of Chicago
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • Hands-on cancer research experience with home laboratory kit
  • Targeted career development and skill-building workshops with professionals from diverse sectors of cancer research and care
  • Network of peers and mentors across program sites
  • $500 taxable stipend
  • Rising high school sophomore, junior or senior OR rising college freshman at start of program
  • Strong interest in a career in scientific research or medicine 
  • Ability to commit to the full two-week program (weekdays only, 4 hours/day)

Participation is especially encouraged from those who identify as female and underrepresented in biomedicine, encompassing all relevant social, behavioral as well as health sciences. Learn more.

SHE is a two-week, part-time program that typically runs the second half of July. 
Admission to SHE is based on teacher nominations from participating Chicago high schools. For more information, please contact

Megan Mekinda, PhD
Assistant Director for Cancer Education

Basia Galinski, PhD
Scientific Liaison for Cancer Education

Michelle Domecki
Cancer Education Coordinator

SHE in Oncology

A student trainee shares what it's like to participate in the SHE in Oncology program. Video credit: Katie Cohan and Dell Medical School

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