The Ellison Institute Research Foundation is passionate about education. From empowering patients with the knowledge and resources that help extend their healthy years, to inspiring the next generation of scientists and clinicians to enter the health and science fields, education is central to our vision.

Education Programs

Junior Fellows

A unique, three-week summer fellowship for rising high school seniors interested in clinical or research oncology, designed to foster a lifelong passion for scientific education.

We believe that passion, coupled with 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 a personal statement, copy of student transcripts, letter of recommendation, and an optional personal video introduction. The personal statement should be used as a forum to convey the student’s passion for science/medicine.

View example personal statements below:
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To learn more about the program and how to apply, we invite you to attend one of our information sessions below.

For Teachers and Counselors | Wednesday, Nov. 29, 12 – 1 p.m.
Watch the recording

For Students | Tuesday, Dec. 12, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

For Students | Wednesday, Feb. 7, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Register now

Applications for the summer 2024 Junior Fellows program are open Dec. 1, 2023 – March 8, 2024. 

Building a Community Around STEM Education

Hear from EIT Founding Director and CEO Dr. David Agus, EIT Faculty and Director, Education and Outreach Dr. Kian Kani, and Junior Fellows alumni as they share the goals of the program, the community we’re building around STEM Education, and the impact it’s having on students.

The Junior Fellows Experience with Alumna Skylar Long

Dr. Kian Kani, EIT Faculty and Director, Education and Outreach, sat down with Skylar Long, a 2017 alumna of the program, to talk about her experience as a Junior Fellow, how it helped her make the decision to go to Physician Assistant school, and how it recently brought her back to the Institute for her Oncology PA rotation. Watch their full conversation above.

Program Highlights

  • Hands-on learning with state-of-the-art laboratory instruments
  • Engaging with clinical experts (oncologists, physician assistants, nurses, clinical trials)
  • Team-based problem-solving
  • Post-fellowship guidance with career choices, college applications, & personal statements

Building Tours

Schedule a tour of EIT’s state-of-the-art research facility on Los Angeles’ Westside below.

We invite you to take a tour of our EIT Los Angeles facility to learn more about science and cancer research. During a tour of our building, you will be guided through our History of Medicine gallery, visit our research labs, interact with our scientists, and more! Tours are given by USC students who are passionate about health, research, and medicine. We are happy to host school classes, community groups, businesses, and community leaders for our tours. Visit the link below to send your contact information to our staff to schedule a tour.