Through the researcHStart program, a partnership with the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, we introduce students to cancer research to promote career opportunities in the field and help students gain knowledge in biophysics, biochemistry, immunology, and pharmacology.

As of March 2017, 38 high school students had participated in researcHStart. Of the 22 students who participated in 2016:

  • 95% reported feeling more confident in their ability as researchers
  • 95% said the experience increased their interest in cancer research careers
  • 100% said they were more knowledgeable about how to pursue such careers

The majority of recent researcHStart participants intend to pursue majors in biology-related fields such as pre-medicine, biomedical engineering, biochemistry, and health sciences. Others are already working toward degrees in science and technology at the nation’s top colleges and universities, including the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Male doctor looking at various monitors that have cancer research information.