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. Its mission is to empower individuals who identify as women and otherwise underrepresented in the sciences to enter biomedical career pathways, specifically within the field of cancer.

Over the course of two weeks, SHE trainees collaborate on a genetics-based research project, and a 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 to acquire knowledge and networks for their next steps on biomedical career pathways.

SHE in Oncology is funded by a grant from the American Cancer Society. Programming is delivered in part through a partnership with eCLOSE Institute.

About SHE in Oncology

The University of Chicago is pleased to enroll up to 20 SHE trainees each year. They complete all program activities in collaboration with peers enrolled through the University of Kentucky, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania, and the 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. 

Applications for summer 2024 are due by 11:59 p.m. CST on Monday, March 4, 2024. To apply:

  • Attend the program information session (webinar) on Tuesday, Feb. 13, from 7 to 8 p.m. CST. Register here.  
  • Review the applicant information packet, accessible here.
  • Submit the online application form, accessible here.
  • Identify a teacher, coach, employer, or other individual to complete the online applicant recommendation form, accessible here. An instruction sheet for recommenders is available here.
  • Applicants who advance to the second round: Complete an in-person interview with the program leadership team on Saturday, April 6.  

Conflict of Interest Policy: The selection of applicants is managed by the SHE leadership team. Immediate family members of the leadership team and UChicago faculty are ineligible for the program. All applications will be subject to the Conflict of Interest Policy.

Megan Mekinda, PhD
Director for Education, Training, and Evaluation

Rosie Huggins, PhD
Assistant Director 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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