Program Details: MSRP

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Program Dates

June 4 – August 11, 2018

Program Goals

The Undergraduate Research Program is offered in collaboration with MIT’s Department of Brain & Cognitive Sciences. The program provides a unique opportunity for students who do not have access to cutting-edge research facilities at their own institution to conduct supervised research in a fast-paced environment with state-of-the-art research facilities, and to experience first hand the academic social and cultural environment at MIT.

The program is designed to encourage students from under-represented minority groups, first-generation college students, and students from economically-disadvantaged backgrounds to attend graduate school and pursue a career in basic research by providing them the opportunity to conduct supervised research in an outstanding research institution in a supportive learning environment with plenty of interaction with graduate students and faculty. Over 85% of past participants have enrolled in highly ranked graduate programs within two years of completing this summer program. A number of our summer students have been awarded Goldwater Scholarships, pre-doctoral NSF fellowships (GRFP), or Gilliam Fellowships for Advanced Study.

MIT undergraduates are not eligible for this program. If you are an MIT undergrad, see the UROP Program website.

Program Structure

During the program, students work full-time in the laboratory, participate in weekly meetings with faculty, and attend weekly academic seminars. The weekly seminars are designed to help students improve their presentation skills and to be more competitive graduate applicants, and cover topics such as applying to graduate school, giving an oral presentation, writing a research abstract, and learning about various career options available to PhD graduates. Students will also have the opportunity to attend departmental retreats, research symposia, and research seminars, and to meet with various MIT faculty members.

At the end of the program students give a poster presentation on their research and submit a 5-page research summary and a one-page personal statement about their summer experience at MIT.

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Program Features

All students accepted into the program receive:

  • Campus housing in shared suites
  • A weekly stipend
  • Travel allowance to and from MIT (domestic travel only)

Extracurricular activities

As part of the program, we organize social activities and weekend outings. Past activities have included:

  • Visit to a Biotech lab
  • Guided tour of Boston and the Freedom Trail
  • One-day trip to Martha’s Vineyard
  • 4th of July barbecue
  • Boston Harbor cruise

You will also have subsidized access to MIT athletic activities.

Online Application

Deadline Date
Application opens November 15, 2017
Application deadline January 30, 2018, 11:59 p.m. Late submissions will not be accepted
Admission decisions By March 15, 2018

Application Requirements

  • Online application form and CV
  • 1-page personal statement
  • Unofficial college transcript (submitted electronically)
  • Three letters of reference from science faculty* (submitted electronically)

* At least one letter must be from a research mentor or lab supervisor. Please note that applicants must include a letter of reference from their most recent research experience (including if applicable from a summer research experiences at another institution).

If you have additional questions about the application, contact msrpbio@mit.edu.

Program Funding

This summer internship program is funded in part by the National Science Foundation, the MIT Department of Biology, and generous gifts from private donors.

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