High School Explorers Program

Science Education Partnership

HS Pathways Research Explorers Program

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. Check out the Blog Posts from our Summer 2018 students!


Applications for 2019 are now closed. After March 31, 2019 at 5:00pm PST no applications will be considered.

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.

Teacher recommendations closed March 31, 2019, at 5:00pm PST for 2019. Applicants should complete an application, obtain a recommendation from a teacher who can speak to the student's science interest, and submit an unofficial transcript.

Notification of applicant status will be sent out mid-April.


Students should...

  • Be starting 10th or 11th grade Fall 2019
  • Have completed introductory biology
  • Be interested in learning more about cancer research and related careers 
  • Be 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.

August 5-16, 2019
August 19-30, 2019

A Mandatory Orientation/Welcome will be held in June for accepted students.

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 sep@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.