High School Students & Teachers

The Office of Cancer Research, Training, and Education runs two programs to enable high school students and teachers to engage with cancer biology in their classrooms.

Cancer Center Training and Education Summer (CACTES) Program - The CACTES program provides professional development and training for teachers interested in integrating cancer-related topics into their biology and biotechnology courses. 

Mobile Oncology Training, Education, and Recruitment (MOTER) Program - The MOTER program is an outreach initiative that introduces students to the fundamentals of cancer biology using model-based learning and group activities. This program delivers educational kits and material support for activities that are engaging and empowering for students who are curious about cancer at the molecular level. 


We coordinate with high school programs in the area to provide a broad array of training and educational experiences that prepare students to enter the field of cancer research. Our priority is to build a robust cancer research workforce that reflects the diverse population in Southern Arizona.

BIOTECH Project - This UArizona program provides equipment and material support to teachers. Additional professional development and classroom activities are also available.

Keep Engaging Youths in Science (KEYS) - This Summer internship program welcomes students to work with mentors in their lab on the UArizona campus.

Med-Start - A summer program offered between grades 11 and 12 to students preparing for medical school.

Southern Arizona Science and Engineering Fair (SARSEF) - Thousands of students participate and compete every year in the Southern Arizona Science and Engineering Fair. CRTEC awards high school students who conduct cancer research.

STAR Labs - Students conduct original research in a laboratory environment with the guidance of mentors from the University of Arizona.

Steps 2 STEM - This summer internship program welcomes students from the JTED Biosciences to get an immersive experience in the UArizona health science labs.


Summer Institute on Medical Ignorance (SIMI) - Approximately 25 students are accepted for the SIMI program each year. They work full-time in various medical laboratories and clinics at The University of Arizona Health Sciences Center, doing research on such subjects as cardiovascular disease, genetics, cancer, neuroscience and preventive medicine