University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI)


Clinical Research Experiences for High School Students Program

The purpose of the Doris Duke Clinical Research Experiences for High School Students program is to provide clinical research and enrichment activities for high school students from underrepresented minorities in medicine, with the long-term goal of increasing the diversity of the biomedical research workforce.

The University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute Academy was instituted in partnership with the DDF-ACR to encourage students’ interest in cancer careers, instill knowledge of cancer biology and clinical care, and develop their research and communication skills.

Groups Considered Underrepresented Minorities in Medicine

For the purposes of this award program, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation uses the following description from the National Institutes of Health:

Underrepresented minorities in medicine are individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, which includes American Indians or Alaska Natives, blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, Native Hawaiians or Other Pacific Islanders; individuals with disabilities; and individuals from socially, culturally, economically or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds that have inhibited their ability to pursue a career in health-related research.

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Visit the website of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation's Medical Research Program for more information.