OHSU Knight Cancer Institute

Knight Scholars Program

Knight Scholars | Community Programs | Knight Cancer Institute


The Knight Scholars Program offers the opportunity for youth whose communities are underrepresented in cancer research, healthcare and public health – including those of diverse races and ethnicities and those from rural areas – to consider making a career in the fields of cancer research, treatment and prevention. Students are paid a stipend and housed in residence halls while at OHSU each summer. The program is only open to students at these schools:

  • Portland's Jefferson High School Middle College for Advanced Studies
  • Culver High School
  • Klamath Falls City School District and Klamath County School District high schools and members of the Klamath Tribes
  • Madras High School, including members of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs
  • Woodburn High Schools: WeBSS, WACA, AIS and WAAST


Introduction Program | 1 week
Students spend one week at OHSU touring labs and meeting scientists who represent a range of cancer-related careers. Only students who complete the Introduction Program are eligible to apply for the Immersion and Intensive Programs.

Immersion Program | 10 weeks
Students spend two weeks at OHSU engaging with scientists who represent a range of cancer-related careers and an additional six weeks shadowing clinical, public health and community organization professionals in their own communities. Students also complete and present a community research project. The immersion program is part of a two-year commitment.

Intensive Program | 10 weeks
Students spend six weeks at OHSU working in a cancer research lab and four weeks in their local communities. At the end of this summer, students present their research work and community projects to community members.

Contact us

Email our team at knightscholars@ohsu.edu