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Training for high school students

Community High School Engagement and Learning (CHiSEL) Opportunity

The Community High School Engagement & Learning (CHiSEL) Program provides mentorship opportunities for Richmond-area high school students interested in cancer research. Students will be paired with a Massey scientist to observe and engage in tasks associated with conducting research, and to further develop and explore cancer education and career development pathways.

Summer 2022 program details

  • Five-week mentored research experience (June 27 - July 29, 2022)
  • 125 hours of laboratory experience (~25/hours per week)
  • Logging of program hours for mentor sign-off

Applications for the Summer 2022 program are now closed.

Application and program details for the Summer 2023 program will be made available in early January 2023. Please contact Kate Shaw at shawsk2@vcu.edu or (757) 503-1055 with any questions or for more information about this program.

Summer Healthcare Experience (SHE) in Oncology Program

Massey's Summer Healthcare Experience (SHE) in Oncology Program introduces Virginia high school student leaders who identify as female and who are underrepresented in the sciences to career and leadership opportunities in oncology. Sponsored by the American Cancer Society, this two-week program provides students with an introduction to oncology-focused research, clinical care and community outreach. Students will conduct at-home research with support from experts in the field and apply their own experiences to hypothetical case studies of cancer patients in their region. Selected students will work with a peer cohort including students from four other academic cancer centers:

  • Case Comprehensive Cancer Center (Ohio)
  • Huntsman Cancer Institute (Utah)
  • The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center (Ohio)
  • Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (Tennessee)

Additionally, students will attend panels and seminars designed to develop leadership skills and prepare them for future professional endeavors.

Summer 2022 (virtual) program details

  • Applicants must be a female-identifying rising high school juniors and seniors in VA.
  • The program will be held virtually from July 11 - July 22, 2022 (10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Monday - Friday)
  • Twenty (20) students who meet eligibility will be selected and notified in May. 

Applications for the Summer 2022 program are now closed.

Please contact Kate Shaw at shawsk2@vcu.edu or (757) 503-1055 with any questions or for more information about this program. 

Other VCU programs for high school students offering mentorship opportunities with Massey members