Knight Scholars

Knight Scholars

Knight Scholars is a new program designed to provide ninth and tenth graders with up to a three-year introduction to careers in cancer.

The program encourages 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 out of the fields of cancer research, treatment and prevention. There's also an opportunity for teachers to get involved.

Participants will be paid and receive free housing for the time they spend at OHSU each summer.

For students:

Details: Eligibility and what to expect

Who is eligible to apply?

The program is currently only open to ninth- or tenth-grade students at:
  • Portland's Jefferson High School Middle College for Advanced Studies
  • Culver High School
  • Klamath Falls area high schools, including Chiloquin, Mazama, Klamath Union, Henley and EagleRidge, and members of The Klamath Tribes
  • Madras High School, including members of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs
  • Woodburn High School

What can Knight Scholars expect?

The program includes:

Summer 2019

Sunday, July 14 - Saturday, July 20

This first, upcoming summer will include a week at OHSU with tours of research facilitates and meetings with OHSU cancer faculty to learn the big picture of cancer research. While visiting OHSU, students will stay in dormitories and work together to understand how cancer is affecting Oregon communities. Afterward, participants will return to their respective communities and start a local project to addresses cancer issues affecting their home town with the help of a local mentor.

Summer 2020

Students interested in continuing with the program can apply for a second summer, which will include two weeks at OHSU and involve engaging with more OHSU faculty who are involved in areas of cancer that interest each student. Afterward, participants will again return to their community to work further on their local cancer project and also to shadow a cancer professional in their home town.

Summer 2021

The third summer will feature a more in-depth, six-week experience at OHSU, during which students will contribute to OHSU research by working in their selected mentor's lab. At the end of this final summer, students will give presentations about their community projects and the OHSU research they've supported.

How to apply: Applications due April 5

 Applications are due 11:59 p.m. Pacific time on Friday, April 5.

Reccommend a student

 Use this form to submit a letter of recommendation on behalf of a student.

 

Teacher Professional Development Program

This program is conducted in year one (2019) of the Knight Scholars Program. Like participating high school students, teachers will participate in experiences exposing them to careers across the cancer continuum. Teachers will also have debrief time to process and translate their experiences into components that may be applicable for the classroom. The Summer 2019 program runs from Saturday, July 28 through Sunday, Aug. 3.

For teachers:

Details: Eligibility, compensation, accommodations

The program will: 

  • Enhance teaching capacity for topics relating to biomedical research and cancer-related careers
  • Raise school-wide awareness of the Knight Scholars Program
  • Build a team of teachers who will design a rubric to ensure regional Knight Scholars community research projects align with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

In addition, teachers are encouraged to attend their school's student project presentations and provide student consultation, if needed, on their community project (which will be overseen by program staff). Please note student's primary mentors will be OHSU faculty to minimize burden on teachers. 

Who is eligible to apply?

There is a competitive application process accepting 12 teachers from:

  • Portland's Jefferson High School Middle College for Advanced Studies
  • Culver High School
  • Klamath Falls area high schools, including Chiloquin, Mazama, Klamath Union, Henley and Eagle Ridge
  • Madras High School
  • Woodburn High School

When?

The Summer 2019 program runs from Saturday, July 28 through Sunday, August 3.

Stipend for teachers

Year 1 (2019) = $1,000 dispersed in portions for the summer program.

Accommodations and meals

Accommodations and meals will be provided, with teachers housed in the Portland State University residence hall so they experience the same settings as their students.


How to apply: Applications due April 5

 Applications are due 11:59 p.m. Pacific time on Friday, April 5.

Reccommend a teacher

Use this form to submit a letter of recommendation on behalf of a teacher.