Rutgers Youth Enjoy Science (RUYES) Program Overview

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. 

CURE Program researcherTo 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 for summer 2023 will be open in November 2022. Deadline to apply is February 17, 2023.  

RUYES will replace both the CURE and CREHST research programs.

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


RUYES Students and Research Projects
RUYES Teachers and Research Projects


Application Portal for Summer 2023 will open November 2022. The deadline to apply is February 17, 2023. Deadline extension for teachers is March 1, 2023,


Start Date for 2023: 
Undergrad Students: June 21, 2023 
High School Students: June 26, 2023 
Teachers: June 29, 2023 

Expected end date for summer Program:  
Students: August 30, 2023 
Teachers: August 23, 2023 


Students Must complete the following qualifying survey to determine eligibility and receive application link:
Student Qualifying Survey

Teachers can apply directly using this link:
Teacher Application Survey


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