The Tri-Institutional PhD Program in Computational Biology & Medicine (CBM) and the Office of Science Education & Training at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center invite applications for the 2021 Computational Biology Summer Program (CBSP). This 10-week program is designed to bring approximately 15 outstanding computer science/applied math undergraduate rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors interested in pursuing a career at the intersection of computer science and biomedicine for a research experience on the MSK, Weill Cornell, and Rockefeller campuses. Applicants must have computer science experience and fluency.
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 CBSP will:
- Adapt their computer science skills to answer biomedically-focused research questions in cutting-edge laboratories
- Interact with faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students
- 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.
CBSP is sponsored by an NCI grant to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (1 R25 CA233208-01) and the Tri-Institutional PhD Program in Computational Biology & Medicine Program.
Areas of Research
Students will partner with faculty from Memorial Sloan Kettering, Weill Cornell, or Rockefeller University who have expressed a strong interest in working with students with computational skill sets. The faculty listed below are conducting research in diverse areas of biomedical sciences, and will welcome the added expertise provided by computationally-trained undergraduates. Information about their scientific projects can be found by visiting their respective web pages:
- Emre Aksay
- Olaf Andersen
- Zhirong Bao
- Michael Berger
- Ethel Cesarman
- John Chodera
- Olivier Elemento
- David Eliezer
- Winrich Freiwald
- Benjamin Greenbaum
- Iman Hajirasouliha
- A. James Hudspeth
- Marcin Imielinksi
- Samie Jaffrey
- Alex Kentsis
- Ekta Khurana
- Eric Lai
- Dan Landau
- Christina Leslie
- Marcelo O. Magnasco
- Christopher Mason
- Quaid Morris
- Thomas Norman
- Kenneth Offit
- Elli Papaemmanuil
- Dana Pe’er
- Jorge Reis-Filho
- Ed Reznick
- Nikolaus Schultz
- Sohrab Shah
- Tuomas Tammela
- Wesley Tansey
- Alipasha Vaziri
- Andrea Ventura
- Joao Xavier
- Jennifer Zallen
- Li Zhao
How to Apply
Current domestic undergraduate freshmen, sophomores, and juniors who are majoring in computer science, applied math, or related fields are invited to apply to CBSP.
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: Applications close at 12pm midnight EST
Decisions will be announced no later than March 15, 2021
- Should have a minimum GPA of 3.0
- Completed college-level computer science courses in C/C++, Perl, Python, R or other languages
- Courses in general biology and/or introductory chemistry would be preferred but are not required
- Have an interest in application of computation techniques 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions or concerns about transcripts, please contact email@example.com.
Questions? Contact Program Administrator at OSET@mskcc.org.