Program Components


Program Overview

SEP Phase I: Cancer Biology, Lab Instruction, and Professional Development (80 hours coursework and career development, 40 hours homework, and 40 hours professional development over 10 months).

SEP Phase II, Research Apprenticeship (300 hours one-on-one mentorship over eight weeks): Each student embarks upon an apprenticeship in a laboratory or clinical research setting with an MSK faculty member. Each student presents their findings to the Human Oncology and Pathogenesis Program at the end of the apprenticeship.

SEP Student Curriculum

Phase I: Didactic Lectures and Coursework
Course Title Learning Objectives
Basic Laboratory Skills Training
  • Learn scientific principles and the process of scientific inquiry
  • Build lab-safety skills
  • Learn calculations involved in scientific experimentation
  • Interpret results of experiments and analyses in scientific studies
Responsible Conduct of Research
  • Learn underlying principles of data acquisition, sharing, management, and ownership
  • Learn about principles underlying human and animal research
  • Recognize what qualifies as research misconduct
Human Participants Research Module
  • Recognize ethical violations in human subject research
  • Learn about the ethical principles that govern research with human participants
  • Identify governmental protections in place for research involving human participants
Professional Development Courses
  • Understand principles key to professional presentation
  • Learn methods of professional networking
  • Learn principles key to professional writing and communication
Cancer Biology Courses
  • Broaden knowledge in cancer and current biological research with basic science courses in cell cycle, liquid tumors, cancer genetics and pathology, cancer genomics, oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes, targeted therapies, immunology, and immunotherapies
  • Comprehend the biological capacities acquired during the multistep development of human tumors
  • Develop an insight into how these cancer hallmarks impact the development of novel therapeutics and clinical treatments in the emerging era of personalized medicine
Phase II: Internship
Research Track Implementation of “Basic Laboratory Skills Training” and “Cancer Biology Courses” to craft a scientific hypothesis and experimentally interrogate the hypothesis in a cancer biology lab or clinical research setting.
Mentor Meetings As needed (minimum of once weekly) meetings with a research scientist during the conduction of the research internship for guidance in the application of scientific principles and methodology.
Journal Clubs
  • Participation with an update of cancer biology literature
  • Critical appraisal of scientific literature
  • Understand concepts of study design, statistical significance, and scientific methodology
SEP Peer-to-Peer Partnership Enable students to build a professional network among peers outside of their individual schools and demographic.


Each participant in the HOPP Science Enrichment Program is assigned to an eight-week biomedical or computational lab-based internship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Students are paired with a mentor who supervises their activities and helps them develop appropriate skills. Over the course of the internship, students complete a self-directed project that provides value to their mentor and/or a principal investigator’s overall research objectives.

2017-2018 Cohort

Last Name First Name Partner School
Aharon Roy The Brooklyn Latin School
Clara Sean The Brooklyn Latin School
Crespo Stephen Mount Saint Michael Academy
Emmanuel Daniel Mount Saint Michael Academy
Garduno-Romero Ivan Lincoln High School
Herrera Elianna Lincoln High School
Jeba Maliha Townsend Harris High School
Shahab Sabiq Townsend Harris High School
Taylor Jaiell Lincoln High school
Thieba Christelle The Brooklyn Latin School

2019 – 2020 Cohort

Last Name First Name Partner School
Abu Jessica Lincoln High School
Benjamin Alyzea The Brooklyn Latin School
Cham John The Brooklyn Latin School
Collado Skyla Cathedral High School
Corchado Taiana Cathedral High School
Malan Annette Cathedral High School
Morocho Christopher The Brooklyn Latin School
Pena Thais Cathedral High School
Peter Rebecca Lincoln High School
Prassor Summer Lincoln High School
Sanchez Dara The Brooklyn Latin School

2020-2021 Cohort

Last Name First Name Partner School
Bowen Tylah* The Brooklyn Latin School
Cabrera Arlett Cathedral High School
Diaz Willmar* Lincoln High School
Farillas Abigail Cathedral High School
John Annly Lincoln High School
Lopez Amin* The Brooklyn Latin School
Meade Zemira Cathedral High School
Pereira Daniel* Lincoln High School
Raphael Jeanna* The Brooklyn Latin School
Rosario Celine Cathedral High School
Tetteh Jasmine* Lincoln High School
Villaruz Patricia Cathedral High School

*Sponsored by Illumina Corporate Foundation

2021-2022 Cohort

Last Name First Name Partner School
Collado Shayla Cathedral High School
Elahi Maha The Brooklyn Latin School
Mamudoski Isabella Lincoln High School
Mathew Adhil Lincoln High School
Morla Jennifer Cathedral High School
Nugent Makkas The Brooklyn Latin School
Peter Racheal Lincoln High School
Torres Alana The Brooklyn Latin School

2022-2023 Cohort

Last Name First Name Partner School
Francis Peter The Brooklyn Latin School
McClean Shaneice The Brooklyn Latin School
Nedab Maiendi The Brooklyn Latin School
Torres Vicki The Brooklyn Latin School
Lewis Christina Joy Cathedral High School
Opoku-Mensah Michelle Cathedral High School
Beltran Catherine High School for Health Professions & Human Services
Ortega Adamaris Lincoln High School
Gunther Zanii Lincoln High School
Elgabori Sammy Lincoln High School
Charles Jeron Uncommon Collegiate Charter High School
Murillo Cesar Uncommon Collegiate Charter High School

Majoring in STEM fields such as biochemistry, chemical engineering, and cybersecurity, SEP alumni have gone on to Duke University, New York University, Vanderbilt University, Yale University, Columbia University, Manhattan College, Iona College, Hamilton College, Stony Brook University, University at Albany, and the New York Institute of Technology’s seven-year combined baccalaureate/doctor of osteopathic medicine degree program.