The HOPP Summer Student Program is designed to help students understand the nature of laboratory work and to obtain exposure to careers in translational cancer research. The program is focused on two distinct areas:
- Independent research and a stimulating learning environment — You will have a chance to take part in independent research projects under the direct mentorship and guidance of a HOPP principal investigator (PI). The PI matches each student with a mentor — typically a senior member from the lab, such as a postdoctoral fellow, graduate student, or research technician. At the end of the summer, you will be expected to present your research project at a poster session.
- Extracurricular events, tours, training, and luncheons — You will also have the opportunity to broaden your experience by participating in a variety of events. These extracurricular activities contribute an additional facet to the internship and allow you to become fully immersed in the world of translational medicine and research. The events are hosted by programs throughout Memorial Sloan Kettering, including the Office of Diversity, various Memorial Hospital clinical departments, and Human Resources.
- All applicants are required to apply through our online application system. The system is currently unavailable and will go live in the winter.
- Students are notified of their acceptance into the program in early spring.
- Students will receive a stipend upon completion of the program. Stipend information will be posted when the application site goes live.
- Transportation and housing are not provided. You are responsible for arranging them yourself. We will, however, supply housing resource information to students accepted to the program.
- The program runs for eight weeks. Last year, the program started on June 29 and ended on August 26. To be considered a graduate of the program and receive the stipend, students who are accepted to the program must complete all eight weeks of the program.
Who Is Eligible
HOPP seeks high school students in the New York City Tri-State area who are intelligent, self-motivated, and passionate about science to join our 2012 Summer Student Program. We strongly encourage minority students from disadvantaged and underprivileged backgrounds to apply.
Additionally, students must meet the following criteria:
- Completion of at least the ninth grade by June 2012
- A genuine interest in science and laboratory research
- A 3.0 grade point average in science subjects
- Nominations by science teacher or academic advisor (Download our brochure for more information about the nomination process.)
- Eight-week commitment to the program