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Course Dates

June 14 - July 1, 2022

Application Dates

Applications have now closed for Summer 2022. 


Free to all students


12414 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064


The Ellison Institute Research Foundation has a unique program to foster scientific achievement for rising high school seniors interested in clinical or research oncology. We believe that passion, coupled to outstanding aptitude, are the hallmarks for success. This program fosters scientific education by incorporating hands-on experimentation in a collaborative environment.


We welcome applications from all high schools for this free course. The application consists of an essay and a copy of the student’s transcript. The essay should be used as a forum to convey the student’s passion for science / medicine. We will be accepting applications from January 20th through April 5th, 2022. The program begins on June 14th and requires the students to commit six hours a day until July 1st at the Ellison Institute. Please contact Dr. Kian Kani ([email protected]) for more information.


The Ellison Institute Jr. Fellows are presented with one challenge – how to determine which drug is best suited (most effective) for their mock patient. During this process, the Fellows will become familiar with one of the most important aspects of medicine which currently confronts clinical and research oncologists. Resolution of this challenge will require integration of science, mathematics and technology. The program culminates with a discussion of their findings with Dr. David Agus at the Ellison Institute clinic. 
Junior fellows class of 2019 learning from Dr. Jonathan Katz
Junior Fellows participant working hands on in lab with proper safety attire
Junior Fellows Class of 2019 interacting with Dr. Shannon Mumenthaler for exposure to real life science work


Hands-on learning with state-of-the-art laboratory equipment on a university campus

Integrates students from various socio-economic groups within Southern California

Frameworks and Data for Understanding Root Causes in Health Disparities

Team based problem solving

Access to medical clinic 

Mentoring by USC faculty and staff

Required writing component

Guidance with college applications  

Guidance during college/transition to graduate school

2022 Junior Fellows Application