Pathways to Cancer Research

Science Education Partnership

Pathways to Cancer Research

The Fred Hutch received five years of funding from the National Cancer Institute for new education and training programs for teachers, high school students, and undergraduates. This builds on our long-standing efforts and institutional commitment to support the development of the diverse next generation of biomedical scientists.

The new program, Pathways to Cancer Research, will begin accepting participants in 2018 for the programs described below. We encourage potential participants to check back frequently for more details, application instructions, and deadlines. 

Pathways to Cancer Research offers three programs:

Hutch Teaching Fellows

Hutch Teaching Fellows provides a two-year professional development research experience for secondary science teachers. Participants will develop cancer-focused curricular materials in collaboration with Hutch scientists and other Fellows and test and revise materials on site with Pathways students (see below) as well as in their own classrooms. Stipend provided.

  • Eligibility requirements: The Hutch Teaching Fellows program is open to secondary science teachers in Washington State. Teachers who have participated in Fred Hutch’s SEP program or who are working with students from populations underrepresented in science are particularly encouraged to apply.
  • Program dates: Flexible, dependent on schedules of teachers and scientists. Estimate mid-June to mid-August (9 weeks), plus additional curriculum development during the school year (3 weeks).
  • Application information: Applications will become available on January 1, 2018.
  • Related Fred Hutch Program(s): SEP

Pathways Research Explorers

Pathways Research Explorers is a two-week full-time immersion program for rising 10th and 11th graders. This program introduces students to cancer research and careers with hands-on laboratory activities in our training lab, group discussions with experts, and a culminating project. Stipend and ORCA cards provided.

  • Eligibility requirements: Must be a rising high school 10th or 11th grader with housing and a local guardian within daily transit distance of the main Fred Hutch campus.
  • Program dates: Two separate 2-week sessions during the 2018 summer break.
  • Application information: Application will be available via a link on this page in late winter/early spring of 2018.
  • Related Fred Hutch Program(s): Summer High School Internship Program

Pathways Undergraduate Researchers

Pathways Undergraduate Researchers is an individualized, mentored, two-year internship program for rising first-, second-, and third-year college students. The program provides comprehensive, year-round support to prepare students for research training programs for upper-level undergraduates. In addition to mentored research, selected interns participate in a cancer biology education series, as well as professional development workshops and social activities. Stipend and assistance arranging dormitory housing provided.

  • Eligibility requirements: Must be a rising 1st or 2nd year college student. For the 2018 cohort only, we will consider applications from rising 3rd year college students. A new cohort will be accepted every other year.   
  • Program dates: Selected interns participate in the program for 12 weeks/year for two years. At least 9 of those 12 weeks is spent on full-time research training on the main Fred Hutch campus during the summer. Required on campus dates for 2018 are June 11 – August 10.
  • Application information: Application will be available via a link on this page in late winter/early spring of 2018 and will require transcripts, a statement of interest, a statement of career goals, two academic or professional recommendations, and a resume.
  • Related Fred Hutch Program(s): Summer High School Internship Program, Summer Undergraduate Research Program

For questions about the Pathways to Cancer Research Program, please contact: Jeanne Chowning, Director, SEP, at or 206-667-6292.

If the programs above do not fit your eligibility, please visit our Education & Training page. It includes links to all other programs that the Hutch offers, as well as this catalog of cancer research opportunities at other institutions.

Pathways to Cancer Research 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.