MSK Science Enrichment Program Components

MSK Science Enrichment 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 TitleLearning 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 TrackImplementation 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 MeetingsAs 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 PartnershipEnable 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 NameFirst NamePartner School
AharonRoyThe Brooklyn Latin School
ClaraSeanThe Brooklyn Latin School
CrespoStephenMount Saint Michael Academy
EmmanuelDanielMount Saint Michael Academy
Garduno-RomeroIvanLincoln High School
HerreraEliannaLincoln High School
JebaMalihaTownsend Harris High School
ShahabSabiqTownsend Harris High School
TaylorJaiellLincoln High school
ThiebaChristelleThe Brooklyn Latin School

2019 – 2020 Cohort

Last NameFirst NamePartner School
AbuJessicaLincoln High School
BenjaminAlyzeaThe Brooklyn Latin School
ChamJohnThe Brooklyn Latin School
ColladoSkylaCathedral High School
CorchadoTaianaCathedral High School
MalanAnnetteCathedral High School
MorochoChristopherThe Brooklyn Latin School
PenaThaisCathedral High School
PeterRebeccaLincoln High School
PrassorSummerLincoln High School
SanchezDaraThe Brooklyn Latin School

2020-2021 Cohort

Last NameFirst NamePartner School
BowenTylah*The Brooklyn Latin School
CabreraArlettCathedral High School
DiazWillmar*Lincoln High School
FarillasAbigailCathedral High School
JohnAnnlyLincoln High School
LopezAmin*The Brooklyn Latin School
MeadeZemiraCathedral High School
PereiraDaniel*Lincoln High School
RaphaelJeanna*The Brooklyn Latin School
RosarioCelineCathedral High School
TettehJasmine*Lincoln High School
VillaruzPatriciaCathedral High School

*Sponsored by Illumina Corporate Foundation

2021-2022 Cohort

Last NameFirst NamePartner School
ColladoShaylaCathedral High School
ElahiMahaThe Brooklyn Latin School
MamudoskiIsabellaLincoln High School
MathewAdhilLincoln High School
MorlaJenniferCathedral High School
NugentMakkasThe Brooklyn Latin School
PeterRachealLincoln High School
TorresAlanaThe Brooklyn Latin School

2022-2023 Cohort

Last NameFirst NamePartner School
FrancisPeterThe Brooklyn Latin School
McCleanShaneiceThe Brooklyn Latin School
NedabMaiendiThe Brooklyn Latin School
TorresVickiThe Brooklyn Latin School
LewisChristina JoyCathedral High School
Opoku-MensahMichelleCathedral High School
BeltranCatherineHigh School for Health Professions & Human Services
OrtegaAdamarisLincoln High School
GuntherZaniiLincoln High School
ElgaboriSammyLincoln High School
CharlesJeronUncommon Collegiate Charter High School
MurilloCesarUncommon Collegiate Charter High School


2023-2024 Cohort

Last NameFirst NamePartner School
GyamfiJessica The Brooklyn Latin School
CallisteDavidThe Brooklyn Latin School
AdjoSahaiCathedral High School
CrumbieMadisonCathedral High School
Popaj KaylaCathedral High School
SayeghChloeCathedral High School
Quichimbo-PumaHelenHigh School for Health Professions & Human Services
TomAbelLincoln High School
RodriguezSamuelLincoln High School
SchubertJeffLincoln High School
HusajmAlbionaLincoln High School
CharlesAngusUncommon 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.