Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s Medical Student Summer Fellowship Program is a research program for first- and second-year students at US medical schools who are interested in careers as physician-scientists in the field of oncology and/or related biomedical sciences.
Funded since 1977 by the National Cancer Institute, this program grants students the opportunity to conduct basic laboratory or clinical research under the mentorship of MSK faculty. Additional support is provided by MSK’s Office of Diversity Programs in Clinical Care, Research, and Training. Students in the program will:
- Gain clinical or laboratory research experience under the mentorship of MSK faculty
- Interact with MSK physicians, PhD investigators, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students
- Participate in a weekly lecture series presented by world-renowned MSK faculty
- Attend additional institutional lectures, departmental conferences, and lab meetings
- Present their summer research to program peers and MSK faculty during the final week of the program
Areas of Research and Past Summer Medical Student Research Projects
Summer research projects reflect a broad-based perspective on the entire research cycle from discovery to development to delivery of care. Project areas include laboratory bench research, clinical research, biostatistics and epidemiology among others.
- Clinical and translational research in thoracic surgical oncology – novel therapies in mediastinal tumors and outcomes in lung cancer
- Clinical outcome of gynecologic cancers: effectiveness of MSK surveillance guidelines
- Functional MRI of important brain cortices adjacent to brain tumors
- Experimental immunotherapy for melanoma
- Radiation dose to the heart in patients with non-small cell lung cancer: does it affect overall survival?
- Examining outcomes of positive troponins in the perioperative period; a retrospective review.
- Using PET/CT imaging to measure change in lean body mass during radiation therapy for head and neck cancer
- Breast cancer and the workforce: ethnic differences in the impact of breast cancer on employment outcomes, financial situation, and quality of life
- Determining breast cancer patient’s understanding of lymphedema
- DNA transposition in pediatric solid tumors
- Quality of Life Outcomes for Cancer Patients Following Spinal Separation Surgery and Adjuvant Stereotactic Radiosurgery
- Initial Experience Localizing Frontal Language Areas in Resting State fMRI
- Resistance to Cabozantinib Mediated by a Novel MET-D1228N Mutation in a ROS-Rearranged Lung Cancer Patient
- Patient Reported Outcomes as Predictors of Urgent Care Center Visits and Unscheduled Admissions in Palliative Medicine Service Cancer Patients
- Tumor-Infiltrating Natural Killer Cells Expressing PD-L1 are Associated with an Immune
- Suppressive Phenotype
- Exploring post-operative pain management in microsurgical breast flap reconstruction patients
- Utilizing Video Reflectance Confocal Microscopy to Map Margins and Guide Surgical Management
- Adjacent Level Fractures in Single Fraction High Dose Spinal Radiosurgery
Stipend & Housing
Participants receive a stipend of $5,800 for the ten-week duration of the program. MSK does not provide housing to participants. A list of housing resources will be provided to accepted students. All housing and transportation expenses are the participant’s responsibility.