Computational Biology Summer Program (CBSP)_copy 2020 Oct 12

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


This summer undergraduate students participated in The Computational Biology Summer Program. The poster session at the end of the program showed the amazing diversity of specialization students developed during the 10-week session.
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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 Weill Cornell/Sloan Kettering campuses. Applicants must have computer science experience and fluency. The program runs from June 1-August 7, 2020. The application will be available beginning on November 1, 2019 and must be submitted online by February 2, 2020.

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 available.

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

David Christini

Olivier Elemento

David Eliezer

Thomas Fuchs

Iman Hajirasouliha

Marcin Imielinksi

Samie Jaffrey

Alex Kentsis

Ekta Khurana

Eric Lai

Dan Landau

Christina Leslie

Christopher Mason

Christine Mayr

Quaid Morris

Thomas Norman

Kenneth Offit

Elli Papaemmanuil 

Dana Pe’er

Jorge Reis-Filho

Ed Reznik

Nikolaus Schultz

Sohrab Shah

Barry Taylor

Tuomas Tammela

Andrea Ventura

Joao Xavier

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 2.

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 or mailed to:
    Office of Scientific Education and Training
    c/o Romina Rodriguez
    Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
    1275 York Avenue
    ZRC 6th floor (Office # 677)
    New York, NY 10065


For more information about CBSP, please contact

The application must be submitted online by February 2.

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