Computational Biology Summer Program (CBSP)

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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 2020 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 Weill Cornell and MSK campuses. Applicants must have computer science experience and fluency.

The 10-week program begins on June 1 and ends on August 7, 2020. 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 Weill Cornell or Memorial Sloan Kettering 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:


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.

Students can complete and submit the online application here starting November 1, 2019. The application portal will remain open until February 2, 2020.

Eligible applicants must be authorized to work in the US.

Application considerations:

  • 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. 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
ZRC 6th floor (Office # 677)
New York, NY 10065


** Applicants will receive notification of a decision no later than March 15, 2020.