NEWARK, NJ —The National Cancer Institute awarded a $1.6 million grant to Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey for its Rutgers Youth Enjoy Science (RUYES) program, an initiative that hopes to increase access to the biomedical and cancer research workforce for students of color. 

Starting next summer, high school and undergraduate students in Newark will be able to enjoy 10 weeks of cancer research, curriculum support and professional development activities at the Rutgers Cancer Institute. The grant will also fund resources for teachers from underrepresented public school districts, including Newark, to teach basic, clinical or population-based cancer research for eight weeks, two summers in a row. 

Through the RUYES program, we leverage the robust educational and outreach resources of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey to successfully train the next generation of a diverse cancer research and healthcare workforce,” said Sunita Chaudhary, director of research education at Rutgers Cancer Institute and RUYES program lead. 

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RUYES is a replacement for the Continuing Umbrella for Research Education (CURE) program. Participants will engage in research and program-related activities for three months per year for two years, according to a spokesperson. 

"Hands-on learning opportunities in a unique environment such as the Rutgers Cancer Institute often fuel a great desire in these students to pursue a career in an area they never could have imagined just by reading a textbook alone," Chaudhury added.  

Applications will be accepted starting in February/March for Summer 2021.