Coding for Cancer

Fred Hutch Science Education is announcing a pilot education program for high school students in August 2021!

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Do you wonder how cancer researchers use computational tools in their search to prevent cancer and find cures?

Computational skills are increasingly important in nearly all fields of biomedical research at the Hutch and beyong. Coding for Cancer connects students with computational biologists, teaches hands-on skills, and how the opportunity to give feedback that will influence the future of the program. No prior coding experience is necessary. Selected participants will receive a stipend. 

This program is a collaboration among science education staff and scientists who are active computational biology researchers. 

Program Details 

Applicants Should:

  • Be entering 11th or 12 grade in the fall.
  • Perferably live in Washington state.
  • Be available for all of the program dates.
  • Apply if they have no coding experience.

This course will teach the R programming language and environment. The program will accomodate a range of prior knowledge. We will work with students who do not have access to technology to gain necessary equipment and internet for the duration of the program. 

The program is speficically designed for students from underrepresented in biomedical science as defined by the National Institutes of Health.



WHEN: Monday - Friday, August 16-27

            Each day, the selected cohort will meet as a group in the late morning and have small group and individual activities throughout the afternoon.

WHERE: 100% virtual, but participating students will be invited to campus once it's safe. 

WHY: You'll have fun, learn, do hands-on activities, and meet great people!

HOW: Please submit an application by May 31st, 2021. 

Program Team

Jose Piñeda

Lead Instructor

Jose, an immigrant scientist from the Phillippines, moved to Seattle to attend the University of Washington where he majored in Math and Neurobiology. Currently, he is an MD-PhD student at the UW School of Medicine studying cancer using genomics and RNA biology. 

Questions? Email

Coding for Cancer is made possible in part by Pathways to Cancer Resarch (R25CA221770), a Youth Enjoy Science Award (YES/CURE), from the National Cancer Institute (NCI).