The Pathways Research Explorers Program, funded by the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health, supports rising 10th and 11th grade students (especially those from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in science) in a two-week introductory summer program at Fred Hutch. We run two sessions in August of approximately 16 students each. Students must have completed a high school biology course to participate.
Unfortunately, the Science Education Partnership at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center has made the difficult decision to cancel our upcoming summer programs for 2020.
While we remain deeply committed to supporting the next generation of scientific leaders, the uncertainty around COVID-19 prevents us from being able to take on students this summer.
Fred Hutch is now temporarily transitioning almost all on-site work to remote work in the interest of the safety and well-being of our staff and the larger community. Those whose work happens primarily in labs will continue collaborating with peers, writing grant proposals, reviewing articles and papers, conducting analyses and offering their expertise as needed. We do not know when operations will fully return on-site.
Information for the 2021 programs will be posted in the fall. We hope you will consider applying to one of our internship programs next year. Continue to check our website for updates on future internship programs and learn more about our efforts to track and stop COVID-19.
The application will close at 11:59pm PST on March 31st, 2020. Requests for letters of recommendation will be sent to recommenders as soon as the student portion of the application is submitted. We encourage students to submit their applications before the due date.
Letters of recommendations must be submitted by 11:59pm PST on April 14th, 2020. Last-minute technical issues will not be considered exceptions to this deadline.
Preview the application and questions using the PDF below.
Join us for a fun, two-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. Participants 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.
Please note that there are two sessions offered. Each two-week program meets from 9-4 p.m., Monday - Friday.
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.
Applicants must complete an application, obtain a recommendation from a teacher who can speak to the student's science interest, and submit an unofficial transcript.
The application will close at 11:59pm PST on March 31st, 2020. Requests for letters of recommendation will be sent to recommenders as soon as the student portion of the application is submitted. Letters of recommendations must be submitted by 11:59pm PST on April 14th, 2020. Last-minute technical issues will not be considered exceptions to this deadline. We encourage students to submit their applications before the due date.
Please note that you cannot save an application that you have partially completed. Therefore, we recommend you draft your short answers in a word processing application such as Word or Google Docs before starting the application, and then copy them into the form when you are ready.
Notification of applicant status will be sent out late-April.
The High School 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). Funded by the National Cancer Institute, Pathways to Cancer Research provides education and training programs for teachers, high school students, and undergraduates. This builds on the long-standing efforts and institutional commitment by Fred Hutch to support the development of a more diverse next generation of biomedical scientists. 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.
The fellowship provides a two-year professional development research experience for secondary science teachers.
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 upper-level undergraduate research training programs.