OHSU Knight Cancer Institute

Education and Training for Students and Professionals

Scientists attending a seminar in the Knight Cancer Research Building

At the Knight Cancer Institute, the Cancer Research Training and Education Coordination Core develops and maintains elite programs and support to build an increasingly diverse and prepared cancer research workforce. The goal of the CRCE Core is to provide education and career enhancement activities that prepare all trainees, faculty and staff for sustained, productive and fulfilling careers within cancer research.

CRCE activities facilitate connections for students, trainees and researchers within and between the institute's research programs and shared resources, which in turn stimulates innovations in cancer diagnosis and treatment.

The CRCE Core recognizes that the best teams are composed of diverse voices where all members feel respected and able to share their thoughts and opinions. In alignment with the institute's strategic plan to support a culture of inclusion and innovation, the CRCE Core is committed to increasing diversity and inclusion through recruitment, as well as by preparing this new diverse workforce for promotion to leadership positions. At every stage in the training continuum, our focus is on inclusion of individuals identifying with under-represented groups across race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, immigration status, language proficiency, and ability.

The institute is proud to have started many educational programs aimed at leadership training designed especially for these populations. By supporting all students, trainees, faculty and employees in their professional development, the institute has grown into a premier cancer center finding cures for the patients within our catchment area and beyond. Please look below to learn about educational and training opportunities.

The Knight Cancer Institute welcomes students of all backgrounds to shadow with us, and get hands-on experience in cancer research.

You will spend time with research staff during part of their routine day in one of our research labs. The goal is for you to experience the workplace setting as well as the duties performed by research staff in our research labs and understand some of the qualities required for a career in science and research

Please remember, openings in labs are in a constant state of flux and depend on mentorship availability, commitment levels, and the nature of projects; we will do our best to match you with a lab of your interest.

Below are a list of labs and research areas that have shadowing opportunities for current high school and college students. Please complete the form found here, and we will contact you within 3 business days regarding shadowing availability

Shadowing opportunities at Knight Cancer Institute

  • Coming soon!

OHSU has many other shadowing and volunteer opportunities to explore here:

If you cannot find an opportunity at OHSU, there are many other places to continue the search: