The Office of Faculty Development (OFD) sponsors undergraduate, postbaccalaureate, and medical student programs that foster the development of future physicians and scientists. We’re especially eager to encourage and support women and underrepresented minority students considering careers in oncology research and practice.

Summer Clinical Oncology Research Experience (SCORE) Program

The SCORE Program was developed through a collaboration between our office and the City College of New York (CCNY), which has had a long-term research and educational partnership with Memorial Sloan Kettering. The program, partially 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 pursue careers in cancer research.  Currently, the program is only open to students from CCNY and Hunter College.

In this eight-week summer honors program, you’ll be matched with a mentor and work on a clinical or laboratory-based research project at MSK. Students receive group and individual training in research methods, human subjects protection, resume building, interview skills, scientific presentations, public speaking, and writing. At the conclusion of the program, you will have an opportunity to present your research at MSK and submit it for presentation at a national meeting.

Enhanced Clinical Oncology Research Experience (EnCORE) Program

The EnCORE Program, also made possible through MSK’s partnership with CCNY, is an advanced research program designed to further support undergraduate and postbaccalaureate women who are considering careers in cancer research. The EnCORE Program is open to students who have completed the previous year’s SCORE Program.

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

Clinical Oncology Open Learning (COOL) Scholars Program

The COOL Scholars Program is a special six-week summer internship to addresses the interests of undergraduate women who may go on to careers as cancer physicians. The internship can take place at any one of MSK’s regional network sites in Basking Ridge, New Jersey; Commack, New York; Hauppauge, New York; Rockville Centre, New York; or West Harrison, New York.

Your experience will include clinical learning, participation in multidisciplinary conferences, and one-on-one teaching by MSK physicians and staff. The COOL Scholars Program offers a unique introduction to caring for individuals with cancer.

The COOL Scholars Program is open only to students at Stony Brook University (for the Commack and Hauppauge sites); Pace University (for the Sleepy Hollow and West Harrison sites); and Rutgers University (for the Basking Ridge site).  Students from these institutions may contact  for more information.

Medical Student Summer Fellowship Program

The Office of Faculty Development participates in MSK’s NIH-sponsored Medical Student Summer Fellowship Program. The fellowship is an eight-week research program for medical students interested in becoming physician-scientists in the field of oncology and/or related biomedical sciences.

Along with providing additional support for women, the OFD offers educational sessions for 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 boards of the Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program at Weill Cornell Medical College, The Rockefeller University, and the Sloan Kettering Institute.