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 invite applications for the 2021 Chemical Biology Summer Program (ChBSP). This 10-week program is designed to bring outstanding chemistry, biochemistry, and chemical biology undergraduate rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors 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 7 and ends on August 13, 2021. We are currently anticipating holding this internship in person, but will make a final determination about virtual vs in person in the Spring. We will continue to assess New York State guidelines and will post updates here.
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 receive a stipend of $6,000 for the summer. Housing is available.
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:
- Dan Bachovchin
- John Blenis
- Lewis Cantley
- Seth Darst
- Yael David
- David Eliezer
- Howard Hang
- Daniel Heller
- Richard Hite
- Samie Jaffrey
- Tarun Kapoor
- Alex Kentsis
- Kayvan Keshari
- Joshua Levitz
- Christopher Lima
- Shixin Liu
- Stephen Long
- Minkui Luo
- Anant Menon
- Alexandros Pertsinidis
- Neal Rosen
- Anthony Sauve
- Derek Tan
How to Apply
Current domestic undergraduate freshmen, sophomores, and juniors who are majoring in chemistry, biochemistry, chemical biology, or related fields are invited to apply to ChBSP.
We strongly encourage students from groups historically underrepresented in science (disadvantaged, disabled, Black, Hispanic/LatinX, Native American) to apply.
Students can complete and submit the online application here starting November 1, 2021.
Eligible applicants must be authorized to work in the US.
Application Timeline for Summer 2021
November 1: Applications open
February 1: Application closes on February 1 at 11:59pm EST
Decisions will be announced no later than March 15, 2021
- Should have a minimum GPA of 3.0
- Completed college-level chemistry courses
- 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. Transcripts must be emailed from your school’s registrar to email@example.com. If you have any questions or concerns about transcripts, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the purpose of the Chemical Biology Summer Program?
This 10-week program is designed to bring outstanding chemistry, biochemistry, and chemical biology undergraduate rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors 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.
What will ChBSP interns do?
ChBSP interns will adapt their chemistry skills to answer biomedically-focused research questions in cutting-edge laboratories. Each intern will have an independent project and will work with an assigned lab faculty/mentor. In addition to working in the lab, interns will attend journal clubs, scientific and professional development seminars. At the end of the 10-week program, the ChBSP intern will present a poster on their project.
Is the summer program limited to specific majors?
Those who have completed college-level chemistry courses, courses in general biology and/or introductory chemistry (preferred but not required) and have an interest in application of chemistry techniques to biological problem are invited to apply to ChBSP. We are most interested in those who would like to pursue graduate work in chemical biology.
Where is the internship located?
Interns will be hosted on site in one of the tri-I faculty labs listed on the ChBSP website (MSK, Weill Cornell or Rockefeller) in New York City.
Is this a paid internship?
Yes, interns will receive a stipend of $6,000 for the summer paid on a bi-weekly basis.
How many slots are available for this program?
The program enrolls 6 interns per summer.
Is summer housing provided?
Yes, summer (dormitory) housing is provided for free to any who need it. Interns will be paired in groups of 2 per room and by gender.
What amenities are included in housing?
The assigned space consists of a twin-size bed, a dresser, a desk, and closet space. All apartments have two bedrooms, each suite has a kitchenette which contains a microwave, electric stove-top burners, sink, cabinets, a large refrigerator and private bathroom (Utilities and Wi-Fi included). Dishes, utensils and cooking supplies are not provided.
Does the program cover travel costs?
No, the program does not cover travel costs.
More Frequently Asked Questions
Questions? Contact Program Administrator at OSET@mskcc.org.