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Rutgers Youth Enjoy Science (RUYES)

Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

The Rutgers Youth Enjoy Science (RUYES) program seeks to encourage youth from groups that are underrepresented in the biomedical sciences to pursue cancer research and healthcare careers.

Program Requirements

To be eligible for the RUYES program a student must be:

  • A rising high school senior or rising freshman/sophomore undergraduate
  • From one of the following underrepresented backgrounds:
    • African American
    • Hispanic/Latino
    • Native American
    • Alaska Native
    • Pacific Islander
    • A first generation college student
    • From a lower socioeconomic background
  • A citizen or permanent resident (green-card holder) of the United States
  • Willing to commit to two full years of participation in the program
  • Highly motivated and academically able to pursue a career in biomedical/cancer science
  • At least 16 years of age by June 1
Enrollment Criteria:
Students who meet particular program criteria can apply to this program but must be approved/accepted to participate.
New Jersey


The Rutgers Youth Enjoy Science (RUYES) program seeks to encourage youth from groups that are underrepresented in the biomedical sciences to pursue cancer research and healthcare careers. 

To achieve this goal, RUYES will:

  • Engage high school science teachers in mentored cancer research and provide curriculum development support to create novel instructional approaches for teachers to take to classrooms.
  • Inspire, motivate and educate high school and undergraduate students through mentored cancer research training, co-curricular support, and professional development activities.
  • Connect with middle school students and their families in their communities through innovative outreach activities to enhance awareness and appreciation of science education and research careers.

Participants will engage in research and program related activities for three months per year for two years. Applications will be accepted starting in November for summer 2022. RUYES will replace both the CURE and CREHST research programs.

To learn more about RUYES and to apply, please visit

The RUYES program is generously funded by the National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute grant 1R25CA247785. 


195 Little Albany Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Phone Number:
(000) 000-0000
Affiliated Campuses:
New Brunswick/Piscataway

Who This Program is Best Suited For

Grade Level:
High School Juniors
High School Seniors
Academic Enrichment/Challenge
Career Preparation/Counseling
Summer Programs
Rutgers Schools:
School Of Health Related Professions

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