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 program is focused on two distinct areas:

Independent research in a stimulating learning environment

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:


Extracurricular events, training, and seminars

The students will also have the opportunity to further their scientific and professional training outside of the laboratory by participating in a variety of events, such as journal clubs, scientific lectures, and professional development seminars. Extracurricular activities contribute an additional facet to the internship and allow participants to become fully immersed in research science.

The 2018 program will run from June 4 to August 11, 2018. 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 MISP interns.

How to apply:

MISP seeks undergraduate students 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, 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.

Through the generous support of Telix Pharmaceuticals Limited (Melbourne, Austraila) 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
  • Applicants will be asked to upload an unofficial transcript
  • 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 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 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. 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