Molecular Imaging Summer Program (MISP) 2016

Molecular imaging (MI) is one of the most rapidly advancing specialties in medicine. MSK has established a vibrant and state-of-the-art laboratory-based translational MI research program, in addition to a world-class clinical research and care operation.

The Center for Molecular Imaging & Nanotechnology (CMINT) and the MSK Department of Radiology are now offering eight-week internships in the field of MI for undergraduate students interested in cancer imaging and related biomedical sciences. MISP is designed to offer students hands-on research experience in cutting-edge laboratories and interaction with research and clinical faculty and trainees.

Laboratory Placement

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

Once matched to a PI, the intern 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. Possible PIs are listed in the following links:

The program will run from June 20 to August 12, 2016. Students will be paid a stipend of $4,000 for eight weeks of residence in the program.

Extracurricular Events, Tours, Training, and Luncheons

Students will also have the opportunity to explore outside of the laboratory by participating in a variety of events. These extracurricular activities contribute an additional facet to the internship and allow them to become fully immersed in the world of translational medicine and research. The events are hosted by programs throughout Memorial Sloan Kettering.

Who Is Eligible

The MISP program is designed for undergraduate students who are intelligent, self-motivated, and passionate about science and careers in molecular imaging, nanotechnology, and radiology. Applicants should have a minimum GPA of 3.0, have completed college-level general biology and/or introductory chemistry, have taken some advanced science courses, and preferably have research experience.

Students must make an eight-week commitment to the program. MSK does not provide housing to MISP participants. A list of housing resources will be provided to accepted students. All housing and transportation expenses are the participant’s responsibility.

How to Apply

Please email a single PDF file that contains a cover letter, a one-page description of why you are interested in the program, and official school transcripts to by 5:00 pm EST on February 12, 2016. Please include in the cover letter three names of potential PIs and why their work interests you.

In addition, two letters of reference should be submitted directly by applicants to These letters should be written by faculty members who are familiar with the student’s academic progress and credentials.

Students will be notified by March 18. Accepted applicants will be expected to confirm their participation within five business days of their acceptance notification or forfeit their spot in the program.


For general questions about the MISP or about your application, you can contact us at