Summer Health Experience (SHE) in Oncology Program

The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center’s Summer Healthcare Experience (SHE) in Oncology Program aims to empower Kentucky high school student leaders who identify as female with experiences, activities and discussions that introduce them to the incredible breadth of career and leadership opportunities in the field of oncology.

SHE specifically targets young women with an interest in science and medicine, who identify as underrepresented in the sciences (i.e., racial or ethnic minority, low-income, first-generation college-bound, and/or living with a disability). Applicants must be a current sophomore, junior or senior from a Kentucky high school.

SHE in Oncology Program participants will work with other students from 5 different collaborating institutions that are running their own SHE Programs.  The other institutions include the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Chicago, the University of Michigan and the University of Pennsylvania.

The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center will provide: 

  • Two weeks of rewarding online programming featuring expert speakers and activity leaders from all facets of cancer, including cancer research, healthcare, personal development and more.
  • Opportunities to work collaboratively and conduct research with students from other schools.
  • Mentorship from prominent women in the field.     
  • Support for all students during the program – including ability to group text and email with questions, concerns, updates, technology issues, etc.
  • A stipend of $500 to each participating student.  
  • Lab kits for any experiments and research related to the program.



Applications for the 2024 SHE Program will be available in February 2024.

Program dates: TBA

Please email Holly Burke with any questions at

SHE is funded through generous support provided by the American Cancer Society.

NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center - A Cancer Center Designated by the National Cancer Institute

Markey Cancer Center is designated by the National Cancer Institute as a Comprehensive Cancer Center – a distinction that recognizes our commitment to accelerating precision cancer research and care to patients. We are the first and only NCI-Comprehensive Cancer Center in Kentucky, and one of 56 in the nation.