MIT Summer Research Program

Undergraduates considering graduate school can gain exciting, intensive research experience during nine exciting weeks through the MIT Summer Research Program (MSRP). 39 interns, working in labs with experienced scientists and engineers who are MIT faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, and advanced graduate students, conducted research in 14 different departments over the course of the previous summer. 19 of the host labs were new to the program, joining more than 250 faculty members who have contributed significantly to the success of MSRP since its inception. Through increased diversity in the research enterprise, promotion of the value of graduate education, and attracting and preparing the best and the brightest for graduate study at MIT are all goals of MSRP. Participating students will be more prepared and motivated to pursue graduate degrees, preserving a talented talent pool in important fields of research and innovation. To view a fantastic video about this past summer, click “Read more,” or go to the MSRP page on the ODGE website.

MSRP General Eligibility Criteria

  • Have a minimum 3. 5 overall or major GPA (on a 4. 0 scale).
  • Must be a full-time student in a degree-granting program at a US university with its headquarters in the US or one of its territories (MIT is an exception).
  • Be a sophomore, junior, or senior who is not graduating; must have completed two academic years of college coursework (excluding credits obtained while still in high school or an equivalent institution); and must not expect to graduate before December 2023.
  • Have a desire to enroll in one of MIT’s graduate programs, excluding Sloan professional programs (MBA, EMBA, LGO, etc.)
  • possess a sincere desire to work in academic research or teaching
  • Must be a U. S. citizen, permanent resident, non-U. S. international student with the proper visa and work authorizations, or a citizen with DACA

Additionally, candidates must identify with one or more of the following:

  • First-generation college student who will become the family’s first member to complete a four-year institution
  • MIT graduate student who belongs to an underrepresented racial or ethnic group (Black/African American, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian or other Native Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latinx) historically underrepresented in graduate education
  • A student pursuing a baccalaureate degree at a U. who is an undergraduate scholar currently enrolled in a fellowship or academic support program that has been approved by MIT (OGE will confirm the applicant’s status S. institution).
  • Having encountered and successfully navigated significant obstacles on their path to graduate school Examples include, but are not limited to, managing a disability, having a gender or sexual orientation that has historically been underrepresented in their graduate field of study, being a veteran, being a single parent with DACA status, and experiencing financial difficulty because of the financial situation of their family.

The Office of Graduate Education GradDiversity staff strongly encourages students to expand their options by applying to multiple programs. The Pathways to Science database provides a list of over 1000 opportunities for US Citizens and non-US Citizens at every level of education (k-12, undergrad, grad, & faculty).

Program Dates June 4 – August 5, 2023
Application Opens November 20, 2022
Application Deadline January 13, 2023
  • The following MIT departments do not accept applications for their own summer programs, per MSRP General. Biology: MSRP Biology/BCS Brain & Cognitive Sciences: MSRP Biology/BCS .
  • MSRP General strongly advises applicants to submit applications to multiple summer programs. Learn about research experiences for undergraduates at MIT and beyond. Visit the lists at the Institute for Broadening Participation Pathways to Science and MIT Graduate Admissions.

Please also review our FAQ page for more program information.

Join one of our informational workshops to learn more about:

  • Admissions process
  • Selecting a faculty mentor
  • An overview of summer programming

Thursday, December 8, 2022, at 5 p.m. ET Monday, November 21, 2022

77 Massachusetts Avenue, Room 3-138, Cambridge, MA 02139-4307, MIT Office of Graduate Education

2022 MSRP Highlight Reel

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