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Training for high school students

Community High School Engagement and Learning Program

The Community High School Engagement & Learning (CHiSEL) Program provides experiential learning opportunities for high school students interested in cancer research. Students will be paired with a Massey investigator at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) for five weeks. The program will take place on site at the VCU Medical Center campus in downtown Richmond, VA. Through this program, students will be able to:

  • Develop working relationships with cancer researchers
  • Gain laboratory skills that can be applicable for further higher education goals
  • Learn about the cancer burden in Virginia, disparities within our communities and the importance of community engagement in research
  • Participate in cancer research seminars and network with current Massey trainees

Program details

  • Five-week mentored research experience from June 26 - July 28, 2023
  • Final presentation of work at Massey’s Summer Research Symposium
  • Minimum commitment of 25 hrs/week (125 hrs of laboratory experience)
  • Need-based scholarships are available for eligible students (limited number available)

Eligibility and application requirements

  • Eligible applicants must be high school students at the junior or senior level that have completed a biology course
  • A letter of recommendation is required from a teacher, coach, mentor or other individual who can attest to the student’s academic interests and abilities
  • Applications due March 29, 2023 by 5:00 p.m. (EST)

Apply now

Questions? Contact us at MCCCRTEC@vcu.edu.

Summer Healthcare Experience in Oncology

The Summer Healthcare Experience (SHE) in Oncology Program at Massey Cancer Center, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, aims to introduce Virginia high school student leaders who identify as female to the vast career and leadership opportunities in oncology. The SHE program provides a 2-week virtual experience for young women who will be entering their junior and senior years of high school. The program will include a series of virtual workshops, panels and hands-on research activities.

Program details

  • Virtual research experience held July 10 - July 21, 2023
    • One week will have a hands-on focus on Cancer Research (live) online laboratory instruction with at-home experiment kits
    • The other week will focus on Career Exploration in Cancer Research & Medicine (virtual) professional development workshop sessions
  • Attend presentations, panel discussions, and professional development workshops with research and medical professionals across the U.S.
  • Connect with other high school students across the country
  • Stipend up to $500

Eligibility and application requirements

  • Female-identifying students, underrepresented in the sciences (i.e., racial or ethnic minority, low income, first generation college-bound and/or living with a disability) are encouraged to apply
  • Applicants must have completed their sophomore or junior year of high school prior to the program start
  • Commitment of 4-5 hours per day, Monday - Friday throughout program dates
  • Applications due March 29, 2023 by 5:00 p.m. (EST)

Apply now

Questions? Contact us at MCCCRTEC@vcu.edu.