High School Explorers Program

Science Education Partnership

HS Pathways Research Explorers Program (PREP)

Students in a lab

The Pathway Research Explorers Program, funded by the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health, supports 15 students (especially those from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in science) in a 2-week summer program at Fred Hutch. 

Applications for summer 2018 open February 1, 2018 and close March 31, 2018 at 5:00pm PST.

Teacher recommendations must be received by March 31, 2018, at 5:00pm PST.
Applicants will be notified of the status of their application by April 16, 2018.


  • Online application form - APPLY HERE (Scroll to the bottom of the page to download a pdf copy of the questions if you'd like to see them in advance)
  • Transcript (PDF form, unofficial transcript acceptable), emailed to pathways-explorers@fredhutch.org 
  • Teacher recommendation (please download and save the form to your computer before entering text).
* Teacher Recommendation Form
Please have a teacher who can speak to your science interest complete the form. The teacher must email the form directly to us.


Student should be...

  • Starting 10th or 11th grade in fall 2018
  • Have a 3.0 GPA, although students with a lower GPA will be considered with strong interest/teacher recommendation
  • Interested in learning more about cancer research and related careers 
  • Able to commit to the entire duration of the 2-week program

Students from racial and ethnic groups traditionally underrepresented in health sciences, persons with disabilities, and persons raised in economically disadvantaged backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.

Program Description

Join us for a fun, 2-week introduction to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Fred Hutch) and the research being conducted here. Fred Hutch has an international reputation for its pioneering research in bone marrow and stem cell transplantation and other immune-based cancer therapies. We also are well-known for our work in many other areas of biomedical research, including cancer prevention, public health, epidemiology, and biostatistics. We will conduct hands-on activities in Fred Hutch's training labs, tour working labs, meet students and scientists at different stages of their careers, and talk about next steps you can take if you are interested in biomedical research.

Program Times and Dates

Please note that the there are two sessions offered. Students should apply to the session that corresponds to their past coursework. Each 2-week program meets from 9-4, M-F.

  • Aug 6-17 for students who have not yet had a biology course
  • Aug 20-31 for students who have already had a biology course

Mandatory Orientation/Welcome (for BOTH sessions): Thursday, June 28, from 6-7:30pm

Financial Support

There is no cost to attend although students will need to bring/buy their own lunch and make their own travel/lodging arrangements.

After successful completion of the program, students will receive a $500 award to offset lost work opportunities. Research Explorers will also be eligible to apply for $500 of research-related funding, including, but not limited to: bus passes for travel to Fred Hutch, college application costs, or test prep courses. 


Please contact us at pathways-explorers@fredhutch.org for additional questions.

The HS Pathways Research Explorer Program is a part of Pathways to Cancer Research and is funded by a Youth Enjoy Science (YES) grant from the National Cancer Institute (grant number R25CA221770). Pathways to Cancer Research materials are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the NCI or NIH.


* For Reference Only
Reference: Application Questions. If you'd like to see the questions on the online application form before you fill it out, you can view the pdf here. Please complete the online application form, DO NOT fill out this form. Please contact us if you have trouble.