High School Internship Program  in  

Integrated Mathematical Oncology


HIP IMO is an integrated mathematical oncology centric internship program that delivers interdisciplinary team science research experiences for high school students aged 16 or older  by the time of the internship. This mentored summer training program is designed for motivated aspiring scientists to help prepare them for interdisciplinary cancer research careers. Working under the direction and guidance of faculty/scientist mentors in the Integrated Mathematical Oncology (IMO) department, interns are involved in activities designed to foster the development of life-long research skills. Students will be assigned individual research projects appropriate to their interests and abilities.



The program runs for 8 weeks during the Hillsborough County public schools summer break (HCPS Calendar),
June 4 - July 27, 2018.

Students are required to attend daily (weekdays, Holidays are observed) from 10am - 4pm. HIP IMO takes place in the Stabile Research Building of Moffitt Cancer Center, on campus of the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL (Moffitt Map).

Out-of-area-interns must make their own travel and living arrangements. HIP IMO provides access to required computer equipment and software throughout the entire internship.


Richard O. Jacobson Scholarship

HIP IMO students will receive a Richard O. Jacobson IMO Scholarship of $1,000. Out of town students may receive an additional up to $1,500 for travel and lodging expenses.

HIP IMO participants will be named
Richard O. Jacobson IMO Scholars.

What will you do

Successful interns will:

  • collaborate with an assigned mentor to create a research project with achievable goals in the time allotted

  • gain familiarity with standard methodologies in a safe environment

  • participate in scheduled lab meetings

  • acquire necessary data through experimentation, computation, surveys or other means

  • document findings in an appropriate format (laboratory journal, audiovisual recording or digital databases)

  • review and discuss findings with research mentors, draw conclusions and make new plans

  • gain oral presentation experience by designing and delivering a 15-minute presentation to department members and guests at the HIP IMO research day

  • write a three-page scientific report at the end of the program

Application process

Applications for the 2018 HIP IMO program are invited. Interested students should download an application form: 

Application Form (Microsoft word)
Application Form (pdf)

Application Deadline: February 1, 2018 

The completed application with an accompanying letter of support  from a teacher should be emailed by February 1, 2018 to:  hipimo@moffitt.org .

Notifications of acceptance will be sent by end of February 2018.  For safety and security concerns, all HIP IMO interns are subjected to a drug screen, a background check and a tuberculosis test (TB) prior to arrival at Moffitt. HIP IMO interns will also be required to complete online orientation and attend a Laboratory Research Operations Orientation meeting. 


HIP IMO outcomes


Aleksandra Karolak, Saharsh Agrawal, Samantha Lee and Katarzyna A. Rejniak, Single-Cell-Based In Silico Models: A Tool for Dissecting Tumor Heterogeneity, In Reference Module in Biomedical Sciences, Elsevier, 2018, ISBN 9780128012383, https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-801238-3.64117-X. Keywords: Agent-based models; Cancer therapy; Drug delivery; Individual-cell models; Microenvironmental landscape; Molecular diversity; Phenotypic variability; Tumor resistance

Systematic Screening of Chemokines to Identify Candidates to Model and Create Ectopic Lymph Node Structures for Cancer Immunotherapy.
Yagawa Y, Robertson-Tessi M, Zhou SL, Anderson ARA, Mulé JJ, Mailloux AW.
Sci Rep. 2017; 7(1):15996. [abstract]

IMO-HIP 2015 Report: An Evolutionary Game Theory Approach to evolutionary-enlightened application of chemotherapy in bone metastatic prostate cancer.
Warman P, Araujo A, Lynch C, Basanta D.
BioRxiv 2015. [abstract]

Alumni College Placements:

- Columbia University
- University of Chicago
- Duke University
- University of Michigan
- University of Pennsylvania
- Vanderbilt University
- Rutgers University
- University of California Berkeley
- Georgia Tech
- New York University
- Harvey Mudd College
- University of Miami
- University of Florida
- University of South Florida
- University of Central Florida

HIP IMO Leadership

Dr. Alexander Anderson
IMO Department Chair
Dr. Julie Djeu
Moffitt ACD Education
Dr. Heiko Enderling
HIP IMO Program Director


Contact details:

Program administrator:  

     mail: HIPIMO@moffitt.org

     phone: 813.745.5897

Program director:

     mail: Heiko.Enderling@moffitt.org

     phone: 813.745.3562



HIP IMO 2017 Recap:

The PSOC hosted the 2017 High school Internship Program in Integrated Mathematical Oncology (HIP IMO) from June 5 - July 28. 12 students from Tampa Bay as well as California and New Jersey completed intense, hands-on mathematical modeling research with a designated faculty mentor. On research day, the students had the opportunity to present their summer project to their peers, parents, teachers and patient advocates, as well as the Hillsborough County School district superintendent. Numerous projects will continue after the summer, with a number of publications being anticipated later this year.