MSK Engineering Summer Program (MESP)

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The Office of Science Education & Training is pleased to announce the launch of a ten-week MSK Engineering Summer Program (MESP). MESP is designed to bring together approximately 10 outstanding undergraduate freshmen, sophomores, and juniors interested in engineering and biomedicine for a summer research experience. Applicants must have a background in engineering, physical sciences, computational, or related fields.

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

Students who are accepted to MESP 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 be offered a stipend of $4,875 and will be reimbursed for their local travel expenses. We are unable to offer housing to MESP summer interns.

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:

MESP seeks undergraduate freshmen, sophomores, and juniors who are majoring in engineering, physical sciences, computational, or related fields. We strongly encourage students from disadvantaged and underprivileged backgrounds to apply.

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:

  • Completed college-level engineering, physical sciences, or computer sciences courses
  • Applicants will be asked to upload an unofficial transcript
  • 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 or three 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. 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