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RUYES Information for High School Teachers

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Science teachers from high schools with significant proportions of students from underrepresented backgrounds will have the opportunity to engage in mentored cancer research and curriculum development through RUYES.

Participating teachers will:

  • Engage in basic, clinical, or population-based cancer research for eight weeks during two consecutive summers.
  • Participate for 4 weeks (total time in any combination) per year, in post-summer professional development, for two consecutive years.
  • Receive curriculum development support to design innovative curricula they can take back to their classrooms.
  • Create a cancer science module and Back to School Night Outreach event for middle school students
  • Present their research findings at an Annual Symposium.
  • Receive compensation for their time and other possible expenses.


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

  • Currently teaching high school science.
  • Dedicated to encouraging students to pursue STEM fields, particularly biomedical, cancer research.
  • Interested in developing and implementing curricular activities to engage students in science research.
  • Willing to commit to two years of participation in the program for a period equivalent to three months of full time effort per year.
  • A citizen or permanent resident (green-card holder) of the United States.


How to Apply 

Summer 2022 Applications Open November 2021.

To receive your application link and be added to our mailing list please complete Teachers Qualifying Survey

To complete your application, you will be asked to include:

  1. Your full contact information (name, email, phone number), the name of your school district, and your school's general demographics. 

You should also be prepared to upload the following documents:

  1. Entrance Essay
    • Please answer the following questions in essay form. Your submission must be typed, double-spaced, and no more than two pages in length. (Be sure to put your name on each page of your response to the essay questions.)
      • Discuss your long-term career and/or educational goals.
      • Describe your favorite learning experience. (This does not have to be limited to a school experience.)
      • Why do you believe this research opportunity is a good fit for you?
      • How do you plan on incorporating this research experience into your classroom?
  2. Letter of Reference 
    • One reference needed. Your letter of reference needs to be from your Principal or Science Supervisor in support of your participation and use of the developed curriculum to be implemented in the classroom. If your supervisor prefers to send the letter separately, attach a PDF of your request to your application and have them email the letter to
  3. Updated Resume. 

For assistance or additional information, contact