The UC Irvine, Cancer Research Institute sponsors a summer program in cancer research for high school students. The overall goal is to build the pipeline for the next generation of cancer researchers. A select group of high school students work in the laboratories of CRI affiliates for 6 weeks during the summer. They carry out bench work on research projects under the guidance of faculty, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers or technicians. They also attend a weekly seminar where they receive advice on careers and the college admissions process. At the end of the program they give an oral and poster presentation on their research.
The UC Irvine Cancer Research Institute sponsors, organizes and administers the UCI Cancer Research Institute Youth Science Fellowship program. This fully funded program offers an outstanding opportunity for students to participate in a summer science lab program at no cost to the student. A full commitment to this six-week program (Monday – Friday, six hours per day, 30 hours/week) is required.
- Open to current junior (11th Grade) or senior (12th Grade) students enrolled in an Orange County High School only. List of eligible districts: Here
- Designed for students who show a strong interest in gaining experience in bench research
- Students will carry out bench work on research projects under the guidance of faculty, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and technicians.
NOTE: The 2020 YSFP will start Monday June 29th. Orientation will be held Saturday June 20th, 2020. Details will be emailed to participating applicants. Participants may not be enrolled in any other summer programs, or other conflicting events. All enrolled participants must attend the final day presentations on August 7th. No exceptions.
What a YSFP Participant Can Expect
- Students will carry out day-to-day bench work on research project(s) under the guidance of faculty, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and technicians. YSFP Participants learn how to properly read and research using scientific papers.
- Participants are expected to keep a scientific laboratory notebook
- Students attend a weekly program seminar/panel.
- At the completion of the program, August 7th, participants present both an oral and a poster session attended by lab employees, directors, faculty and other staff of the Cancer Research Institute. Family and Friends are encouraged to attend this final presentation day.
- YSFP Participants will have access to the UC Irvine Campus Libraries as resources.
- Each Participants will be given a parking permit or a bus pass for the duration of the program
- YSFP Participants will be given an opportunity to attend a pubic speaking workshop to improve their presentation skills