Office of the President: Student Programs

The Office of Faculty Development (OFD) sponsors undergraduate, postbaccalaureate, and medical student programs to foster development of future faculty physicians and scientists. We are particularly interested in encouraging women and underrepresented minority students to consider careers in oncology research and practice.

Summer Clinical Oncology Research Experience (SCORE) Program

The SCORE Program was developed through a collaboration between the OFD and the City College of New York (CCNY), which partners with Memorial Sloan Kettering. The program, funded by a U54 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is designed to encourage undergraduate and postbaccalaureate women (including underrepresented minority women) at CCNY to consider careers in cancer research.

In this eight-week summer honors program, each student is matched with a mentor and pursues a clinical or laboratory-based research project at Memorial Sloan Kettering. Students receive group and individual training in research methods, human subjects protection, resume building, interview skills, scientific presentations, public speaking, and writing. Each student presents her research at Memorial Sloan Kettering and at CCNY, and submits her work for presentation at a national meeting.

Enhanced Clinical Oncology Research Experience (EnCORE) Program

The EnCORE Program, also made possible through Memorial Sloan Kettering’s NIH-supported partnership with CCNY, is an advanced research program designed to encourage undergraduate and postbaccalaureate women at CCNY to consider careers in cancer research. The EnCORE Program is open to students who have completed the SCORE Program.

The research may be conducted during the eight-week summer session or may take place during the academic year (fall and/or spring), as determined with the research mentor. EnCORE students participating during the summer help mentor the SCORE students.

Clinical Oncology Open Learning (COOL) Scholars Program

The COOL Scholars Program is a special four-week summer internship designed to encourage undergraduate women to consider careers as cancer physicians. The internship takes place at one of Memorial Sloan Kettering’s five regional network sites in Basking Ridge, New Jersey; Commack, New York; Hauppauge, New York; Rockville Centre, New York; or Sleepy Hollow, New York.

The student experience includes clinical learning, participation in multidisciplinary conferences, and one-on-one teaching with Memorial Sloan Kettering physicians and staff. The COOL Scholars Program provides a focused introduction to caring for individuals with cancer.

The program is only open to students at Stony Brook University (for the Commack and Hauppauge sites); Pace University (for the Sleepy Hollow site); and Rutgers University (for the Basking Ridge site). Program specifics and eligibility can be found on the websites of these institutions and vary by facility.

Medical Student Summer Fellowship Program

The OFD participates in Memorial Sloan Kettering’s NIH-sponsored Medical Student Summer Fellowship Program. This summer fellowship is an eight-week research program for medical students who are interested in becoming physician-scientists in the field of oncology and/or related biomedical sciences.

Along with providing additional support for women student participants, the OFD offers educational sessions for the medical students on topics including curriculum vitae building, scientific writing and presentation, work-life balance, generational differences in the workplace, and stress reduction. The OFD director serves on the advisory board of the Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program at Weill Cornell Medical College, The Rockefeller University, and the Sloan Kettering Institute.