Summer Healthcare Experience (SHE) in Oncology
Through support from the American Cancer Society (ACS), the Summer Healthcare Experience (SHE) in Oncology at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) aims to increase the participation of women in biomedical fields, especially cancer research and medicine, by empowering high school students within VICC’s catchment area who identify as female with experiences, activities, and discussions that introduce them to the incredible breadth of career and leadership opportunities in the field of oncology.
Additionally, SHE seeks to promote historically marginalized groups, including young women who are a racial or ethnic minority, low-income, first-generation college-bound, and/or living with a disability. The SHE program provides a virtual, multi-institutional experience for young women in high school interested in science and medicine. The program includes a series of virtual workshops, panels, and hands-on research activities, including science research kits that will be sent directly to the participants’ homes. Programming is delivered in part through a partnership with eCLOSE Institute.
About the Program
About SHE in Oncology
- Huntsman Cancer Institute
- Massey Cancer Center
- Case Comprehensive Cancer Center
- The James (The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center)
- Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
- Virtual, hands-on cancer research experience with laboratory kit sent to your home
- Targeted career development and skill-building workshops with professionals from diverse sectors of cancer research and care
- Network of peers and mentors across program sites
- $500 stipend for participation
- Must be a rising high school sophomore, junior, or senior who identifies as female within the VICC catchment area
- Must commit to 4 hours of virtual meetings Monday through Friday for two weeks in the summer during the specified dates
- Students who are interested in scientific investigation and eager to learn will benefit most from the program.
2023 program dates are July 10th – July 21st, 2023.
The deadline for applications is April 3, 2023. VICC will accept 30 students from within our catchment area for the 2023 program. Interested students are asked to complete an application that includes a statement of interest and a recommendation letter from a science teacher. To apply, you can find the 2023 application here.
For more information, please email SHE@vumc.org.
Information for Teachers
Click here to view an informational sheet for teachers
"My thoughts didn't shift but they were strengthened, because I saw women of color, who faced adversity, achieve their goals. I've always wanted to go into the medical field and hearing them speak made me even more excited about pursuing it."
-Cathalene, 2022 SHE Participant and Future Scientist
"I've strengthened my passion for becoming a physician who not only treats their patients' physical bodies but also their mental health. After listening to how certain doctors treat cancer patients, I've become motivated to become a doctor who listens to their patients."
-Lisa, 2022 SHE Participant and Future Physician
"Meeting really great people. I will be staying in touch with the new friends I've made!"
-Zofia, 2022 SHE Participant
"I want to thank everyone for this program because I was able to grow and learn from this. It was inspiring seeing women in this field explaining the various pathways to someone who is interested in cancer. This information was crucial for me because I am a first-generation college student."
-Blanca, 2022 SHE Participant