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Academy at Palumbo students participate in Fox Chase Cancer Center's first fruit fly foot-locker program

June 19, 2014, The Pulse
Their advanced placement Biology class was the first to take part in Fox Chase Cancer Center's fruit fly foot-locker program.

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Welcome to Fox Chase Cancer Center!  

We have a long tradition of training high school students in laboratory research and offering volunteer opportunities in clinical areas, with formal programs running for more than 35 years.  

Collectively, these research programs bring a new level of rigor and training to previous versions of our high school training program and serve as a foundation for the future pursuit of biomedical research careers for our students.

Immersion Science Program

The Fox Chase Cancer Center high school program started expanding three years ago with the introduction of Immersion Science, a three-phase comprehensive career training program for high school students in cancer-focused laboratory research.  

Soon after its inception, this program expanded further to include high school teachers.  Now, teachers in Philadelphia, Bucks and Montgomery Counties in Pennsylvania and in Pennsauken, New Jersey, are using Immersion Science to reach dozens of students each year in their home classrooms.  

Call for Applications for the Winter 2016 sessions will launch in fall of 2015.

The TRIP Initiative

In 2015, in an effort to address the increasing interest of students in STEM careers, FCCC’s high school program branched again as the TRIP Initiative (Teen Research Internship Program).  Carrying FCCC’s mission outside the walls of FCCC, the TRIP Initiative is taught at Philadelphia-area universities, including Ursinus College and Temple University, using core Immersion Science principles to incentivize student-designed research on cell and animal behavior.  


Volunteer Opportunities for High School Students

In addition to the laboratory research training programs, FCCC has a longstanding tradition of offering volunteer opportunities to high school students within the hospital.  This program offers assignments in many departments to introduce students to the many careers available in healthcare.  Some volunteer assignments allow for interactions of students interested in careers in nursing and medicine with patients and caregivers at FCCC.  Over the past two decades, hundreds of high schools students have participated in these programs, with some of the participants returning to FCCC as staff after completion of their formal training. Learn more about volunteering opportunities for high school students at Fox Chase Cancer Center.

All of the FCCC high school training programs and volunteer opportunities are challenging, rigorous, and competitive. 

Explore the program options and find the one that is the best fit for you. Calls for Applications for current programs will be listed under News and Events.