Advancing Cornell Career Experiences for Science Students (ACCESS)
The ACCESS Summer Internship Program at Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences plans to run an in-person program from June 5th to August 4th, 2023. While we are excited to welcome students to campus next summer, the safety and security of the WCGS community is our highest priority and we may need to adjust to a virtual format due to COVID-19 pandemic and adherence to state and federal guidelines. Any changes to the program’s format will be communicated to our applicants via email.
The program is designed for undergraduate students to enhance their understanding of modern biology and medical research. Interns gain hands-on experience in a biomedical research laboratory and are encouraged to apply to PhD programs. Selected students are placed in laboratories at the Weill Cornell Medicine or the Sloan Kettering Institute under the mentorship of experienced faculty members.
In addition to the laboratory experience students attend lectures and discussions aimed at enhancing their understanding of the current status of biomedical research, the pathways available for entering research careers, and the range of available career opportunities. Students also participate in weekly journal clubs, attend workshops that teach them how to prepare for interviews and seminars, and take part in social activities.
Duration - The program typically lasts 9-10 weeks during the summer and is planning to begin on June 5th to August 4th, 2023. At the end of the program, a celebratory award ceremony is held in which students give poster and oral presentations on their research.
Location - Weill Cornell Medicine is located in the heart of New York City, one of the world's foremost capitals of science, campus culture, arts, and business. Situated in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, overlooking the East River, WCGS enjoys one of the loveliest residential neighborhoods in the city. Within walking distance are the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Carnegie Hall, The Museum of Modern Art, The Frick Collection, The Asia Society, The Hispanic Society, and a plethora of art galleries.
Housing and Stipend - Each student participating in the regularly planned on-campus program receives a generous stipend of $6,000 and up to $500 for travel expenses. On-campus housing is provided free of charge to those who are not from the New York City area. If the program is run virtually, the stipend and duration of the program may be reduced.
Laboratory Experience - Selected students are placed in laboratories at Weill Cornell Medicine or the Sloan Kettering Institute under the supervision of an experienced faculty member. They will have the choice of performing research in one of these eight disciplines: Biochemistry and Structural Biology, Cell and Developmental Biology, Immunology and Microbial Pathogenesis, Molecular Biology, Neuroscience, Pharmacology, Physiology, Biophysics, & Systems Biology, and Computational Biology and Medicine.
Journal Club - Students will learn to analyze and discuss scientific journal articles by participating in weekly journal clubs.
Seminar Series - Students attend lectures and discussions aimed at enhancing their understanding of the current status of biomedical research, the pathways available to enter a research career, the range of career opportunities available, and the requirements for admission to graduate school.
Presentations - At the end of the program students give an oral presentation during the Leadership Alliance National Symposium and present a poster during our end of summer Closing Ceremony.
The Leadership Alliance - Weill Cornell School of Medicine is part of The Leadership Alliance, a consortium of universities from around the U.S. that is invested in fostering the intellectual and professional growth of students at different levels of their career. ACCESS students present their summer research to the Leadership Alliance community at the Leadership Alliance National Symposium that occurs in late July.
Professional Development - Students attend these sessions geared towards applying to a PhD, attending a conference, next steps after graduation, networking tips, stereotype threat, just to name a few.
Community building activities - ACCESS students have the opportunity to experience New York city by attending different community building activities organized by the program's graduate assistants.
Applications are encouraged from:
- Individuals from groups traditionally underrepresented in research careers in the sciences, social sciences and humanities in the academic, public or private sectors, including students who identify as African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders.
- Individuals with disabilities, defined as defined by the NIH which include those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. We understand that some disabilities affect vision, speech, hearing, attention, learning, or mobility, and other disabilities are not obvious.
- Individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, as defined by the NIH and meet two or more of the criteria defined in NOT-OD-20-031.
- Undergraduates who bring diversity to academic study by reason of their culture, class, race, ethnicity, background, work and life experiences, skills and interests.
- Applicants must be currently enrolled full-time in an accredited public or private college or university in the United States or its territories, as recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
- Have completed at least two semesters and have at least one semester remaining of their undergraduate education by the start of the summer program.
- Demonstrate a committed interest to pursue graduate study toward a PhD. The ACCESS program is not designed for students pursuing professional training for careers in clinical medicine.
- Be a documented U.S. citizen or permanent resident in possession of an alien registration receipt card (I-551) or other legal document of such status at the time of application. International citizens studying in the United States with an F-1 Visa are not eligible.
- Applicants must have individual medical insurance for the duration of the program.
How to Apply
Please complete all sections of the application:
- Personal Statement - In the Documents tab of this section please upload a personal statement. Indicate why you would like to participate in this summer research program, discuss your previous research experiences and also indicate your short- and long-term career goals. Please keep your essay to 1500 words.
- Transcript/Academic Record - Upload an unofficial transcript(s) to the Academic History portal. Transcripts for every college or university you have attended must be submitted.
- Letters of Recommendation - In the Evaluations section of the application, please enter contact information for 2 recommenders. It is recommended, though not required, to have letters of recommendation from: 1) A research faculty member from a lab you have worked in or who is familiar with your research potential. 2) A letter of recommendation from a science faculty instructor or program director (such as: MARC, RISE, McNair, etc.) commenting on your motivation and potential for scientific research
- Resume/CV – In the Applicant Documents section, in the "Other Documents" subsection, please provide us with the most up to date version of your resume. You can also find a resume template: here.
- Proof of Citizenship - In the Applicant Documents section, in the "Other Documents" subsection, please upload one of the following as proof of US Citizenship or permanent resident visa status:
1) U.S. Citizenship: A copy of your birth certificate or US Passport
2) Permanent Resident Visa: A copy of your Permanent Resident Visa card.
To applly click the link below:
Students can also apply to the ACCESS summer research program via the Leadership Alliance Summer Research-Early Identification Program.
When applying online, select “Weill Cornell Graduate School- ACCESS” for consideration in the ACCESS program.
Other Summer Research Opportunities at Weill Cornell
Other Summer Research Opportunities at Weill Cornell
The ACCESS program is not designed for students pursuing professional training for careers in clinical medicine. The Travelers and Gateways Programs provide summer research opportunities for students interested in a medical degree or MD/PhD dual degree.
The Travelers Summer Research Fellowship Program for Premedical Students
Contact: Dr. Joy Howell, Assistant Dean of Diversity and Student Life
Weill Cornell Medicine
Deadline: February 1, 2023
Gateways to the Laboratory Program
Contact: Dr. Catharine Boothroyd, Program Director
Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program
Deadline: February 1, 2023