Engineering Summer Program (ESP)


Program Overview

Memorial Sloan Kettering and Weill Cornell Medicine are pleased to invite applications for the 2021 Engineering Summer Program (ESP). ESP is designed to bring together undergraduate rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors interested in engineering and biomedicine for a summer research experience in labs at MSK or Weill Cornell (change to Memorial Sloan Kettering or Weill Cornell Medicine). Applicants must have a background in engineering, physical sciences, computational, or related fields.

The 10-week program begins on June 7 and ends on August 13, 2021.

Students who are accepted to ESP will:

  • Adapt their engineering skills to address 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.

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Areas of Research

Students will partner with faculty who have expressed a strong interest in working with students with engineering skill sets. The faculty listed below are conducting research in diverse areas of biomedical sciences and welcome the added expertise provided by undergraduates from engineering backgrounds. Information about their scientific projects can be found by visiting their respective web pages:

How to Apply

ESP seeks current domestic undergraduate freshmen, sophomores, and juniors who are majoring in engineering, physical sciences, computational, or related fields. 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

Application Considerations
  • Completed college-level engineering, physical sciences, or computer sciences courses
  • Have an interest in the application of engineering to biological problems in the laboratory/clinic
  • Have some hands-on experience with engineering/computational or laboratory work
  • Two letters of recommendation: These letters should be written by faculty members or employers who are familiar with the applicant’s credentials, especially with respect to any engineering practice, laboratory, or related work experience
  • 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 If you have any questions or concerns about transcripts, please contact
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