High School Research Program
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.
All of the Fox Chase 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.
Immersion Science Program
The Fox Chase 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 more in South Jersey, are using Immersion Science to reach hundreds of students each year in their home classrooms.
The TRIP Initiative
In 2015, in an effort to address the increasing interest of students within the Philadelphia area in STEM careers, Fox Chase's high school program branched again as expanded to include the TRIP Initiative (Teen Research Internship Program). Carrying Fox Chase's mission outside the walls of the Center, the TRIP Initiative is taught at Philadelphia-area schools, including Ursinus College and Temple University, using core Immersion Science principles to incentivize student-designed research on cell and animal behavior. Learn more about the TRIP Initiative.
Volunteer Opportunities for High School Students
In addition to the laboratory research training programs, Fox Chase has a longstanding tradition of offering volunteer opportunities to high school students within the hospital. This program offers assignments in various departments to introduce students to the many careers available in health care. Some volunteer assignments allow for interactions of students interested in careers in nursing and medicine with patients and caregivers at the Center. Over the past two decades, hundreds of high schools students have participated in these programs, with some of the participants returning to Fox Chase as staff after completion of their formal training. Learn more about volunteering opportunities for high school students at Fox Chase.