Pathways to Cancer Research

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. 

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A teacher works with a scientist-mentor in the lab. Science Education Partnership / Fred Hutch

Hutch Teacher Fellowship

The fellowship 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: Must be a rising 1st, 2nd , or 3rd year college student.
  • Program dates: Selected interns participate in the program, which centers on nine-weeks of full-time research training on the main Fred Hutch campus during the summer. Required on campus dates for 2019 are June 24-August 23.
  • Application information: The application period opens on December 1 and closes on January 31. Applicants will complete an online form, provide answers to a series of short-response questions, and submit school transcripts and two academic or professional recommendations.
  • Related Fred Hutch Programs: Summer High School Internship Program, Summer Undergraduate Research Program.
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A high school student conducts an experiment. Pathways Explorer Program / Fred Hutch

Pathways Research Explorers

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. Participant support costs provided.

Check out the Blog Posts from our 2018 Cohorts!

  • Eligibility requirements: Must be a rising high school 10thor 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 August.
  • Application information: Applications open February 1 and close March 31.
  • Related Fred Hutch Program(s): Summer High School Internship Program (rising 12th graders).
An undergraduate student conducting an experiment with a pipette
Student learns how to pipette. Pathways Undergraduate Program / Fred Hutch

Pathways Undergraduate Researchers

Pathways Undergraduate Researchers is an individualized, mentored, summer internship program for rising first-, second-, and third-year college students. The program aims 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 provided.

  • Eligibility requirements: Must be a rising 1st, 2nd , or 3rd year college student.
  • Program dates: Selected interns participate in the program, which centers on nine-weeks of full-time research training on the main Fred Hutch campus during the summer. Required on campus dates for 2019 are June 24-August 23.
  • Application information: The application period opens on December 1 and closes on January 31. Applicants will complete an online form, provide answers to a series of short-response questions, and submit school transcripts and two academic or professional recommendations.
  • Related Fred Hutch Programs: Summer High School Internship Program, Summer Undergraduate Research Program.

If the programs above do not fit your eligibility, please visit Internships. 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.

Contact Jeanne Chowning

Director, Science Education Partnership