Molecular Imaging Summer Program (MISP)

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The Molecular Imaging Summer Program (MISP) at Memorial Sloan Kettering offers undergraduate students hands-on research experience in cutting-edge laboratories and the opportunity to interact with research and clinical faculty and trainees. Molecular imaging is one of the most rapidly advancing specialties in medicine and MSK has established a vibrant and state-of-the-art laboratory-based translational molecular imaging research program, in addition to a world-class clinical research and care operation.

The 10-week program begins on June 1 and ends on August 7, 2020. Students who are accepted into the MISP will:

  • Adapt their 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. 

Areas of Research

Students will have the opportunity to take part in independent research projects under the direct mentorship and guidance of an MSK faculty principal investigator (PI). A MISP internship will be tailored to the individual and research projects will be situated at the intersection of various disciplines: cancer biology, medicine, chemistry, physics, radiochemistry, pharmacology, and engineering.

Once matched to a PI, MISP interns will be mentored by a senior member from the PI’s lab, such as a resident, fellow, postdoctoral fellow, graduate student, or research technician. At the end of the summer, the students will be expected to present their research project during a poster session. Possible PIs who will act as host laboratories:


How to apply:

MISP seeks current domestic undergraduate freshmen, sophomores, and juniors who are intelligent, self-motivated, and passionate about science and careers in molecular imaging, nanotechnology, and radiology. We strongly encourage students from disadvantaged and underprivileged backgrounds to apply.

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.

Through the generous support of Telix Pharmaceuticals Limited (Melbourne, Australia) an additional fully-funded internship will be offered to an undergraduate student based in Australia. The application process and deadlines are the same.

Application considerations:

  • Completed college-level general biology and/or introductory chemistry, have taken some advanced science courses
  • Have an interest in the application of molecular imaging to biological problems in the laboratory/clinic
  • Have some hands-on experience 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 relevant coursework, 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 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.