Overview

Our ten-week Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP), which begins on the first Monday in June, is designed for approximately 20 outstanding undergraduate freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are interested in pursuing a career in biomedically related sciences. Applicants must have research experience.

Students in the program have the opportunity to:

  • obtain hands-on research experience in cutting-edge laboratories
  • interact with faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students
  • attend a weekly luncheon/seminar series of presentations by faculty
  • attend skills development workshops to hone presentation and interview skills
  • attend and present at works-in-progress sessions with the cohort of SURP students

Students who are accepted into the program will be offered a stipend of $4,000 and housing. Housing accommodations are available in proximity to the school for the duration of the summer program. All students deliver research presentations at a poster session at the end of the program, and four exceptional students will be named “Rubin and Sarah Shaps Scholars at the end of the program.

2014 Shaps Scholars

Isabella GaetaIsabella Gaeta, a junior majoring in Cellular and Molecular Biology at University of Michigan Ann Arbor. She was mentored by Michael S. Glickman, Immunology.

Peter J. LarsonPeter J. Larson, a junior majoring in Pathobiology at University of Connecticut. He was mentored by Eric G. Pamer, Immunology.

Brian K. RandallBrian K. Randall, a junior majoring in Biochemistry at University of Notre Dame. He was mentored by Cole Haynes, Cell Biology.

Kelsey J. RobertsKelsey J. Roberts, a junior majoring in Biochemistry at Columbia University. She was mentored by Alexandra Joyner, Developmental Biology.

2013 Shaps Scholars

Paige Arnold, a junior majoring in Biology at Duke University. She was mentored by Maria Jasin, Developmental Biology.

Owen Dean, a junior majoring in Biological Sciences, Neuroscience at Cornell University. He was mentored by Songhai Shi, Developmental Biology.

Roger Smith, a junior majoring in Biological Sciences at University of Notre Dame. He was mentored by Marc Ladanyi, Human Oncology & Pathogenesis.

Chen Wei, a freshman majoring in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at University of California Berkeley. He was mentored by Ross Levine, Human Oncology & Pathogenesis.

2012 Shaps Scholars

Christopher GerryChristopher Gerry, a sophomore majoring in Chemistry at Amherst College. He was mentored by Derek Tan, Molecular Pharmacology & Chemistry.

Hannah JohnsenHannah Johnsen, a junior majoring in Bioengineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She was mentored by Minkui Luo, Molecular Pharmacology & Chemistry.

Ariana LevinAriana Levin, a sophomore majoring in Biology at SUNY Stony Brook. She was mentored by James Fagin, Human Oncology & Pathogenesis.

Dylan Neel Dylan Neel, a freshman majoring in Chemical Biology at Harvard University. He was mentored by Neal Rosen, Molecular Pharmacology & Chemistry.

2011 Shaps Scholars

Daniel Holohan, a sophomore majoring in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology at the University of Pittsburgh. He was mentored by Alexander Rudensky, Immunology.

Mary Klein, a junior majoring in Biochemistry, Molecular Biophysics and Molecular & Cellular Biology at the University of Arizona. She was mentored by Stephen Nimer, Molecular Pharmacology and Chemistry.

Hans Verkerke, a sophomore majoring in Biological Sciences at the University of Virginia. He was mentored by Jerard Hurwitz, Molecular Biology.

Michelle Williams, a junior majoring in Biochemistry at Allegheny College. She was mentored by Joan Massagué, Cancer Biology and Genetics.

2010 Shaps Scholars

Jeannie CamarilloJeannie Camarillo, a junior majoring in physiology at the University of Arizona. She was mentored by Luca Cartegni, Molecular Pharmacology and Chemistry.

Emily GrzybowskiEmily Grzybowski, a junior majoring in molecular genetics, and fine arts at the University of Rochester. She was mentored by Zhirong Bao, Developmental Biology.

Nathaniel KimNathaniel Kim, a junior majoring in chemistry at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He was mentored by Jason Lewis, Radiology.

Daniel TrinerDaniel Triner, a junior majoring in biology at Walsh University. He was mentored by Cole Haynes, Cell Biology.

2009 Shaps Scholars

Adolfo CuestaAdolfo Cuesta, a junior majoring in biology at Haverford College in Pennsylvania. He was mentored by Scott Keeney, Molecular Biology.

Jenny KaroJenny Karo, a junior majoring biochemistry at Tufts University. She was mentored by Harold Varmus, Cancer Biology and Genetics.

Caitlin SengelaubCaitlin Sengelaub, a junior majoring in chemistry at Yale University. She was mentored by Minkui Luo, Molecular Pharmacology and Chemistry.

Guangnan TianGuangnan Tian, a junior majoring in biochemistry at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He was mentored by Kat Hadjantonakis, Developmental Biology.

2008 Shaps Scholars

Luis BarrazaLuis Barraza, a junior majoring in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology at the University of Arizona, Tucson. He was mentored by Alexander Joyner, Developmental Biology.

Ellora BerthetEllora Berthet, a sophmore majoring in cellular and molecular biology at Harvard University. She was mentored by Xiaolan Zhao, Molecular Biology.

Carman LiCarman Li, a junior majoring in molecular biology at Princeton University. She was mentored by Derek Sant'Angelo, Immunology.

Alison SpencerAlison Spencer, a junior majoring in biochemistry at the University of Rochester. She was mentored by Johanna Joyce, Cancer Biology and Genetics.

2007 Shaps Scholars

Four 2007 summer students were named Rubin and Sarah Shaps Scholars. These students were selected on the basis of their outstanding undergraduate credentials and their performance in our summer program.

Cristina IrimiaCristina Irimia, a junior majoring in chemistry at Amherst College. She was mentored by Jayanta Chaudhuri, Immunology.

Peter LyPeter Ly, a junior majoring in biology at Baylor University. He was mentored by Eric Lai, Developmental Biology.

Courtney SchroederCourtney Schroeder, a sophomore majoring in biochemistry at the University of Virginia. She was mentored by Kenneth Marians, Molecular Biology.

Amit TailorAmit Tailor, a junior majoring in chemistry at the University of Illinois. He was mentored by David Gin, Molecular Pharmacology and Chemistry.

 

Areas of Research

The current explosion in knowledge driving recent progress in diagnosis and treatment of human disease reflects the vitality of ongoing research within the context of laboratory science at the Sloan Kettering Institute.

Students will learn from scientists conducting research in:

  • developmental biology and genetics
  • signals and pathways involved in the control of cell proliferation
  • cell-cell interactions, adhesion, and protein targeting
  • tumor immunology, immunotherapy, and transplantation biology
  • genomic integrity and human cancer genetics
  • drug development, drug resistance, and clinical therapeutics
  • chemical biology and structural biology
  • computational biology

The SURP mentors are drawn from departments and research programs of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. These include the Sloan Kettering Institute’s eight research programs – Cancer Biology and Genetics, Cell Biology, Computational Biology, Developmental Biology, Immunology, Molecular Biology, Molecular Pharmacology and Chemistry, and Structural Biology – as well as the hospital's departments of Medicine, Pathology, Pediatrics, Radiology, and Surgery, and the hospital-based Human Oncology and Pathogenesis Program.

For more information, please e-mail us at surp@sloankettering.edu.