FocuSStem NextGen Intensive Program 2020

FocuSStem NextGen Intensive 2020

FocuSStem NextGen is taking a big leap to meet the challenges of providing exceptional educational experiences when many in-person functions are disrupted. Moving to an online intensive educational experience will allow students to learn about health care and medicine at the Karmanos Cancer Institute.

The Karmanos Cancer Institute, headquartered in Detroit, is the largest cancer research and provider network in Michigan with 16 treatment locations. Caring for approximately 12,000 new patients annually and conducting more than 800 cancer-specific scientific investigation programs and clinical trials, Karmanos holds a prestigious National Cancer Institute designation.

Karmanos and FocuSStem NextGen are excited to offer the week-long FocuSStem NextGen Summer Intensive in July 2020 for high school students in Southeastern Michigan. The Summer Intensive is designed to optimize the virtual learning environment. Students will meet and discuss career pathways with the nation’s leading cancer physicians and researchers in oncology, pathology, epidemiology as well as expert clinical staff. Networking and mentorship opportunities will continue after the summer session.

Working together with their peers, participants will explore real world health scenarios and enjoy learning practical leadership skills. Learners will combine their personal readings and reflection of important materials selected by the STEM faculty and staff to enhance their online group sessions.

The FocuSStem NextGen Summer Intensive is open to Wayne, Oakland and Macomb county high school students entering 10th to 12th grade in Fall of 2020. Students of color, women and LGBTQ learners are encouraged to apply. The first session will be July 20-24, 2020. The second session will be July 27-31, 2020. Each session is limited to 12 students.

Important Dates

  • Applications are due Monday, June 22, 2020.
  • Students will be notified by June 26, 2020 if they are selected.
  • Mandatory Online orientation on Friday, July 17 at 2:00 pm.
  • First Session is July 20-25, 2020.
  • Second Session is July 27-31, 2020.


  • Enter 10th-12th grade in fall 2020.
  • Attend high school in Wayne, Oakland or Macomb County.
  • Have cumulative GPA 2.0 or above.
  • Provide contact information for school counselor or principal.
  • Complete application essay question (no more than one page).
  • Attend a mandatory online orientation session on Friday, July 17 from 2-3:30 pm.
  • Sessions run from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. daily


  • Friday, July 17 from 2-3:30 p.m. via video conference

Paperwork Due By Orientation

  • Signed permission slip from parent or legal guardian (Provided Electronically).
  • Signed Karmanos Photo Consent Release Form (provided electronically).
  • Confirmed reliable WI-FI access, a computer or smart phone with video capabilities.

Steps to apply

Applications for Summer 2020 are closed. To get notified for the Summer 2021 sessions, please click here.

More information

For additional information or questions, please contact Mr. Danny Inman at or call (313) 578-4274.

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