Computational Biology Summer Program (CBSP)

A partnership between CBM & Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Office of Science Education & Training


The Tri-Institutional Computational Biology & Medicine Summer Program (CBSP) is offered jointly by the Tri-Institutional PhD Program in Computational Biology & Medicine and the Office of Science Education & Training at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. This ten-week program is sponsored by an NCI grant to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (1 R25 CA233208-01) and CBM.

CBSP brings computer science/applied math rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors interested in pursuing research at the interface of computer science and biomedicine for a summer research experience on the Memorial Sloan Kettering, Weill Cornell Medicine and The Rockefeller University campuses. Applicants must have computer science experience and fluency. The 10-week program begins on June 7 and ends on August 13, 2021. We are currently anticipating holding this internship in person, but will make a final determination about virtual vs in person in the Spring. We will continue to assess New York State guidelines and will post updates here. 

The application will be available beginning on November 1, 2020 and must be submitted online by February 1, 2021.

We strongly encourage students from groups historically underrepresented in science (disadvantaged, disabled, Black, Hispanic/LatinX, Native American) to apply.

Students who are accepted to CBSP will:

    • Adapt their computer science skills to answer biomedically-focused research questions in cutting-edge laboratories
    • Interact with faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students
    • Attend weekly luncheon/seminar series of presentations by faculty
    • Attend professional development workshops
    • Present a poster at the end of the program

Students will be paid $6,000 for the summer. Housing is available.

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Areas of research

Students will partner with faculty from Weill Cornell or Memorial Sloan Kettering who have expressed a strong interest in working with students with computational skill sets. The faculty listed below are conducting research in diverse areas of biomedical sciences, and will welcome the added expertise provided by computationally-trained undergraduates. Information about their scientific projects can be found by visiting their respective websites:

Emre Aksay Olaf Andersen
Zhirong Bao Michael Berger
Ethel Cesarman John Chodera
Olivier Elemento David Eliezer
Winrich Freiwald Benjamin Greenbaum
Iman Hajirasouliha James Hudspeth
Marcin Imielinksi Samie Jaffrey
Alex Kentsis Ekta Khurana
Eric Lai Dan Landau
Christina Leslie Marcelo Magnasco
Christopher Mason Quaid Morris
Thomas Norman Kenneth Offit
Elli Papaemmanuil Dana Pe’er
Jorge Reis-Filho Ed Reznik
Nikolaus Schultz Sohrab Shah
Tuomas Tammela Wesley Tansey
Alipasha Vaziri Andrea Ventura
Jonathan Victor Joao Xavier
Li Zhao Jennifer Zallen


How to apply:

Undergraduate freshman, sophomores, and juniors who are majoring in computer science, applied math or related fields are invited to apply to CBSP. Eligible applicants must be authorized to work in the US.

Students can complete and submit the online application here starting November 1. The application portal will remain open until February 1.

Application considerations:

  • Should have a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Completed college-level computer science courses in C/C++, Perl, Python, R or other languages
  • Courses in general biology and/or introductory chemistry would be preferred, but are not required
  • Have an interest in application of computation techniques to biological problems
  • Two letters of recommendation must also be submitted via the online submission system. These letters should be written by faculty members who are familiar with the applicant’s academic progress and credentials.
  • In addition to the application form and an admissions essay, applicants should submit an official transcript from their college or university. Transcripts can be emailed from your school’s registrar to


For more information about CBSP, please contact

The application must be submitted online by February 1.

Applicants will receive notification of a decision no later than March 15.