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







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How it works

HIP IMO is an integrated mathematical oncology centric internship program that delivers interdisciplinary team science research experiences for high school students. 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 IMO faculty/scientist mentors, interns are involved in activities designed to foster the development of life-long research skills.

HIP IMO provides science project mentorship consisting of 8 weeks of intensive full-day summer research study at the interface between mathematics, cancer biology and clinical research. Students will be involved in ongoing research projects in the Integrated Mathematical Oncology Department within a designated theoretical research group.

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

How to Apply

Interested students should download an application form at:


The completed application with an accompanying letter of support from a teacher should be emailed by March 1st of the internship year to:


Notifications of acceptance will be sent by end of March. For safety and security concerns, all onsite HIP IMO interns are subjected to a drug screen, a background check and a tuberculosis test (TB). HIP IMO interns will also be required to complete online orientation and attend a Laboratory Research Operations Orientation meeting. HIP IMO does not provide a stipend and is not able to fund housing. Out-of-area-interns must make their own living arrangements. We do provide access to required computer equipment and software throughout the entire internship.


HIP IMO Leadership (Left to Right): Dr. A. Anderson (Department Chair IMO); Dr. J. Djeu (Moffitt ACD Education); Dr. H. Enderling (Program Director HIP IMO)