The UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center is pleased to announce the opening of nominations for the Second Annual 2011 High School Summer Internship Program, Youth in the House 2 (YITH2)!

Youth in the House (YITH1) had its origins in 2005 with a request by San Francisco and East Bay ministers to Mack Roach, MD, Chair of UCSF Radiation Oncology to introduce African American youth to the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center (CCC) in order to inspire them toward careers in clinical care and research. Funds will be used to introduce up to 10 promising minority high school students (with emphasis on African American male) per year to careers in cancer research and to motivate them to go on to college.

This YITH2 High School Summer Internship Program is a paid internship that provides San Francisco Unified School District high school sophomores and juniors the opportunity to conduct cancer biomedical research in the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center research laboratories with a scientist/physician mentor. This is a great chance for students to learn about cancer biomedical careers while building an in-depth relationship with a mentor. This program in association with its partner, UCSF Science & Health Education Partnership (SEP), also helps students learn about college and the application process.

In order to be considered for the summer program, students must first be nominated by a member of the science faculty at their high school. Nominators may nominate up to three sophomores and/or juniors. Nominees do not need to be in the nominator’s class this year. The nominee may have been taught in previous years. Detailed information about the nomination process and our specific selection criteria are posted at Request for Nominations and Student Nominations Forms. Also posted are three copies of Student Guidelines for Applications; please give each nominated student a copy of this sheet. Nominations are due Thursday, March 31, 2011 by 5 pm.

This is the second year of the YITH2 High School Summer Internship Program and we look forward to working with a diverse group of students from high schools across the city. We hope to receive science teacher nominations from every high school identified as a Career Academy or Pathway in the SFUSD. We would love to have a cohort of interns that reflect the diversity of schools throughout the district. All nominating teachers are invited to the Final Intern Poster/PowerPoint Session on Wednesday, August 3, 2010 from 6 – 8 P.M. Location to be determined.



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