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Summer Healthcare Experience (SHE) in Oncology

SHE program logo.

About the Program

Originally created and hosted by the Livestrong Cancer Institutes in 2019, SHE was deployed online in July 2021 — thanks to the support of the American Cancer Society and the ResearcHERs program — to students hosted by five academic cancer centers, including the University of Kentucky, the University of Chicago, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Michigan. The program is a two-week educational deep dive into research, clinical care and community support, as well as development of leadership skills and an honest ongoing discussion of the challenges unique to women in the fields of oncology and academic medicine.

SHE faculty and staff explain how the program benefits young women considering a career in science.

Students are expected to complete pre-readings and online training in advance of the program, participate in all discussions and activities and work within teams to complete a research project during their two weeks on campus. At the program’s conclusion, they present their project to the Livestrong Cancer Institutes and participating Dell Medical School faculty and staff, family and friends.

Two students discuss their experience with the SHE program.

SHE program participants listing to a presenter in a classroom.
Attendees of the Summer Healthcare Experience in Cancer in front of the shell sculpture on Dell Med's campus.
A SHE participant talks one on one with a presenter.
Three SHE participants learning from an instructor in a lab.
SHE program participants talking observing a presenter.
Two SHE participants smiling.

How to Participate

Austin Independent School District Health Science Career and Technical Education teachers nominate students from their schools to participate.

To be eligible to participate, students must:

  • be Austin ISD Health Science CTE students who identify as female;
  • have taken part in the Livestrong at School program with Austin ISD; and
  • be at least 16 years old by June 1.

SHE is free of charge to all participating students.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have additional questions about SHE, email the Livestrong Cancer Institutes admin.

The SHE program is still steadily growing. In the Austin area, it is available to the Austin Independent School District high schools that participate in the Livestrong at School program. Student participants are chosen by their teachers.

All participating students will receive direct communication from our program coordinators. For general questions, email the Livestrong Cancer Institutes admin or call the office at 512-495-5400.

Please stay in touch so we can keep you updated on future educational opportunities!

Join the Livestrong Cancer Institutes Alumni Group on LinkedIn, email the Livestrong Cancer Institutes admin or call the office at 512-495-5400 to let us know how you are doing and how we can continue to support you.