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RUYES Information for High School and Undergraduate Students

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Students in the RUYES program will:

  • Receive hands-on training in cutting-edge cancer research.
  • Conduct research in mentor-supervised laboratories for 10 weeks per summer for two consecutive years.
  • Prepare a poster and a 10-minute talk based on their research experience for presentation at the Annual Research Day.
  • Participate in educational seminars addressing key concepts in cancer and exploring the research literature.
  • Receive compensation for their time and other possible expenses.


Who Is Eligible?
To be eligible for the RUYES program a student must be:

  • A rising high school senior or rising freshman/sophomore undergraduate
  • From one of the following underrepresented backgrounds:
    • African American
    • Hispanic/Latino
    • Native American
    • Alaska Native
    • Pacific Islander
    • A first generation college student
    • From a lower socioeconomic background
  • A citizen or permanent resident (green-card holder) of the United States
  • Willing to commit to two full years of participation in the program
  • Highly motivated and academically able to pursue a career in biomedical/cancer science


How to Apply
Applications will be accepted starting in February/March for Summer 2021. To complete your application, you will also need:

  1. A copy of your transcripts.
  2. A one-page personal statement detailing your career goals and how they connect with this program, your interest in biomedical cancer research, and your expectations from this program.
  3. Two letters of recommendation, one of which is from a teacher or college faculty member.
  4. A signed copy of the Parental Permission Slip – click here to download the form


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