American Cancer Society accepting applications for Summer High School Research Program

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

Through March 16, the American Cancer Society is accepting applications for its annual Summer High School Research Program.

Now in its seventh year, the program allows a select group of Illinois high school juniors to experience life as a professional research scientist.  Students participate in hands-on work in cancer research laboratories as they follow the direction of established researchers at some of Illinois’ leading research facilities.

The program is designed to help students develop their own philosophy in biophysics, biochemistry, immunology, and pharmacology, as well as gain an understanding of cancer and its impact on Illinois residents. Last year, 25 students from throughout the state were chosen to participate in the eight-week program.

Students chosen for the program are assigned an independent, limited and achievable research project to work on four days per week.

On the fifth day, they attend various lectures and present project updates.  At the end of the program, the students come together and present a collective report of their findings to the group.

Selection for the program is based upon the student’s interests, as expressed in an essay, academic record, two letters of recommendation (at least one letter of recommendation must be from a teacher). Selected participants also receive a stipend.

In the past 50 years, the Illinois Division of the American Cancer Society has been awarded approximately $30 million in research grants in Illinois. 

For more information on or an application for the American Cancer Society’s high school research program, contact Kelli Evans, health initiatives manager, at 688-3488 or kelli.evans@cancer.org or Tyharrie Hill, Illinois Division, at 312-279-7392 or ilhsprogram@cancer.org.