Molecular Imaging Summer Program (MISP)

Molecular Imaging Summer Program (MISP)

Perspectives and Advice from Our Students
Hear from our students who participated in programs during the summer of 2023.

Program Overview

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 3 and ends on August 9, 2024.

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 $6,500 for the summer. Housing is available.

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Areas of Research

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

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 groups historically underrepresented in science (disadvantaged, disabled, Black, Hispanic/LatinX, Native American) to apply. Applications will open in November 2024.

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 upload and submit an unofficial transcript from their college or university directly into the application system. (Only those accepted into the internship will need to submit an official transcript after acceptance).
  • If you have any questions or concerns about the program, please contact [email protected].

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Contact Us

Questions? Contact Program Administrator at [email protected].