Chemical Biology Summer Program (ChBSP)


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The Tri-Institutional PhD Program in Chemical Biology and the Office of Science Education & Training at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center are very pleased to announce the launch of a ten-week Chemical Biology Summer Program (ChBSP). ChBSP is designed to bring outstanding chemistry, biochemistry, and chemical biology undergraduate freshmen, sophomores, and juniors interested in pursuing a career at the intersection of chemistry and biomedicine for a research experience on the Weill Cornell, Memorial Sloan Kettering, and Rockefeller University campuses. Applicants must have chemistry experience.

The 10-week program begins on June 4, 2018 and ends on August 10, 2018.

Students who are accepted into the ChBSP will:

  • Adapt their chemistry skills to answer biomedically-focused research questions in cutting-edge laboratories
  • Attend weekly luncheon/seminar series of presentations by faculty
  • Attend professional development workshops
  • Present a poster on their work at the end of the program

Students will be offered a stipend of $4,875 and will be reimbursed for their local travel expenses. Please note that we are unable to offer housing to ChBSP interns.

Areas of research

Students will partner with faculty from Weill Cornell, Rockefeller University, and Memorial Sloan Kettering who have expressed a strong interest in working with students with chemistry skill sets. The faculty listed below are conducting research in diverse areas of biomedical sciences, and will welcome the added expertise provided by chemistry, biochemistry, and chemical biology undergraduates. Information about their scientific projects can be found by visiting their respective web pages:


How to apply:

Undergraduate freshmen, sophomores, and juniors who are majoring in chemistry, biochemistry, chemical biology, or related fields are invited to apply to ChBSP.

Students can complete and submit the online application here starting November 1, 2017. The application portal will remain open until February 1, 2018.

Applicants must be a documented US citizen or permanent resident in possession of an alien registration receipt card (I-551) or other legal document of such status at the time of application. International citizens studying in the US with an F-1 visa are not eligible. Individuals seeking asylum or refugees are not eligible.

Application considerations:

  • Should have a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Completed college-level chemistry courses; applicants will be asked to upload an unofficial transcript to show that these courses have been completed
  • Courses in general biology would be preferred but are not required
  • Have an interest in application of chemistry to biological problems
  • Two letters of recommendation must also be submitted via the online submission system. These letters should be written by faculty members who are familiar with the applicant’s academic progress and credentials.
  • In addition to the application form and an admissions essay, applicants should submit an official transcript from their college or university. Transcript can be emailed from your school’s registrar to or mailed to:

Office of Scientific Education and Training
c/o Romina Rodriguez
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
1275 York Avenue, Box 376
New York, NY 10065


** Applicants will receive notification of a decision no later than March 15, 2018