2017 ResearcHStart Program for High School Students

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Mon, 6/19/2017 - Fri, 8/11/2017
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Event Type:

Summer Camp

Participation Details:

  • Participants receive a stipend
  • Registration/Application required
  • Participation is limited:
    Open to students from the Chicago and Champaign-Urbana areas. Must be High school junior or senior.



Parent Program(s):

  • Cancer Community at Illinois





About the Program

ResearcHStart welcomes high school students from the Chicago and Urbana-Champaign areas to explore exciting careers in cancer research. Participants work full time in the laboratories of established cancer researchers, gaining hands-on experience in areas at the forefront of the field: cancer immunology, pharmacogenomics of anticancer agents, bioengineering, experimental cancer therapeutics, cancer disparities, and more.

Rigorous research training is complemented by career development and skill-building workshops, a cancer-based faculty lecture series, and a network of faculty and peer mentors dedicated to students’ success. The program culminates in a research symposium for family, friends, and members of the scientific community.

Participants receive a taxable stipend of $2,000.

Visit the researcHStart webpage for full details, including application links.

ResearcHStart flier (PDF)

Eligibility Requirements

  • High school junior or senior at time of application 

  • United States citizen or permanent resident 

  • Strong interest in a career in scientific research or medicine 

  • Strong academic record, particularly in math and science 

  • Ability to commit to eight full weeks of programming, 40 hours/week 

Program Dates and Deadline

  • Applications are due by Friday, January 20, 2017
  • 8-Week Program Dates: June 19 to August 11, 2017
**Chicago Public School students are encouraged to apply. Arrangements will be made to accommodate the program’s conflict with the school district’s calendar.**

Contact Information by Location

  • University of Chicago: researcHStart@bsd.uchicago.edu
  • University of Illinois at Chicago: cancer@uic.edu
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: researcHStart@illinois.edu

Partners Outside the University of Illinois:

Partners Within the University of Illinois:

  • University of Illinois @ Chicago

Cities Impacted: