MIT Summer Research Program


The online Graduate Application Fee Waiver form for MSRP Alumni and other eligible applicants can be accessed here.

The MSRP 2016 Application will open at the beginning of December and close in the beginning of February. Please check back for updates.


PLEASE NOTE: Students interested specifically in biology or neuroscience research should apply directly to MSRP Biology/BCS, offered through MIT’s Department of Biology.


The MIT Summer Research Program (MSRP) seeks to promote the value of graduate education; to improve the research enterprise through increased diversity; and to prepare and recruit the best and brightest for graduate education at MIT.


MSRP began in 1986 as an institutional effort to address the issue of underrepresentation of African Americans, Mexican Americans, Native Americans, and Puerto Ricans in engineering and science in the United States. Today, this program’s goal is to increase the number of underrepresented minorities and underserved (e.g. low socio-economic background, first generation) students in the research enterprise.


MSRP seeks to identify talented sophomores, juniors, and non-graduating seniors who might benefit from spending a summer on MIT’s campus, working in a research laboratory under the guidance of experienced scientists and engineers who are MIT faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, and advanced graduate students.
Students who participate in this program will be better prepared and motivated to pursue advanced degrees, thereby helping to sustain a rich talent pool in critical areas of research and innovation.

Participants receive

  • Supervision by an MIT faculty member and postdoctoral fellow or advanced graduate student
  • Individual counseling on academic careers
  • Constructive feedback on the need for further undergraduate courses and acquisition of additional laboratory skills
  • Opportunity to possibly co-author a scientific paper with the faculty mentor
  • Exposure to state of the art research laboratories in MIT departments and interdisciplinary centers
  • A weekly stipend
  • Round trip travel expenses
  • University housing (students are responsible for their food expenses)
  • Access to campus facilities (library, athletic, and health facilities)

Program features

  • Weekly research presentation by MIT faculty
  • Weekly seminars on issues directly related to the academic, personal, and professional growth of interns
  • Community service day
  • Social outings (barbeques, boat cruise, visits to Boston area)
  • Preparation of an abstract, research paper, and graduate school statement of purpose
  • Poster presentation at the end of the program

Watch a video of the 2015 MSRP participants:

MIT Summer Research Program 2015 from MIT AMPS on Vimeo.


For more information

Click here for frequently asked questions.

MIT representatives recruit for MSRP at national conferences. Please contact the program office with any specific questions you may have about the overall program or your area of interest:

MIT Summer Research Program (MSRP)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Office of the Dean for Graduate Education
Room 3-138
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307
T (617) 324-8453
F (617) 253-5620