Summer Fellowship Program

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.

2017 Summer Fellowship Program dates will be posted in late fall 2017.

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

Summer research projects reflect a broad-based perspective on the entire research cycle, from discovery to development to delivery of care. This includes translational research that moves laboratory findings to the bedside and, conversely, clinical insights into the laboratory. Projects include laboratory bench research, clinical research, and biostatistics and epidemiology.

Selected projects from the 2015 program 

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
  • Neurologic complications in pediatric patients with leukemia: the MSK experience from 2012-2015
  • 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

Stipend & Housing

Participants will receive a stipend of $5,800 for uninterrupted participation in the program, start and end dates included. 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.