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.