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Appalachian Career Training in Oncology (ACTION) Program



The Markey Cancer Center (MCC) has established a new educational pipeline program: the MCC Appalachian Career Training in Oncology (ACTION) Program. First established as the Career Training in Oncology Program (CTOP) in 2016, the program offers Appalachian Kentucky high school and undergraduate students enrolled at the University of Kentucky the opportunity to gain cancer research, clinical, outreach and education experiences that will enrich their interest in pursuing a cancer-focused career.

Notice for Saturday Session students: Because the ACTION Program does not provide transportation to UK’s campus for monthly meetings, you may drive your vehicle to campus if you meet the following requirements/conditions. Download the ACTION Driving Contract to provide your information.

For more information on the ACTION Program's goals, cohorts and news, visit the pages below:

  • Eligibility

    To be eligible for the program, students must:

    1. Be a native of one of the 54 Appalachian Kentucky counties.
    2. Be enrolled in a high school within Appalachian Kentucky as a freshman or sophomore or be a current University of Kentucky incoming freshman, sophomore or junior.
    3. Be a member of our target population (underrepresented minority, female, from a low income family, first generation college student, or otherwise underserved student).
  • Apply

    The deadline for applying to the ACTION Program has passed. Please find details for upcoming application windows below.

    • Undergraduate applications will be available on December 16, 2019 and they will be due on April 1, 2020. Interviews for those applicants will take place in April and candidates will be notified of admission decisions by April 30.
    • High school applications will be available online on January 6, 2020 and they will be due on July 1, 2021. Applicants will be notified about admission status by August 21, 2020.
  • High School Summer Forms

    In preparation for the ACTION summer program, high school participants must review and return certain documents such as permission forms, photo waivers, a student contract and more.

    Forms for upcoming summer participants will be made available in March 2020. Please bring these completed forms to the April orientation or mail them to our office at 800 Rose Street, N09 | Ben F. Roach Building, Lexington, KY 40536-0093.

  • Key dates

    Please take note of the key ACTION Program dates for high school participants below.

    ACTION Program Academic Year Sessions 2019-2020

    • August 17-18, Louisville Trip
    • September 28
    • October 26
    • November 16
    • December 14
    • January 18
    • February 22
    • March 28
    • April 18, Summer Orientation
    • May 6, MCC Research Day

    2020 ACTION Summer Program Dates

    Saturday, May 30th - Friday, July 3rd

  • Learn more

    Looking for more information on the ACTION Program?

    Visit the About page to learn more about the program's goals, plan, outreach efforts and more, as well as additional pages for information on the ACTION Program cohorts and news.