The MSRP 2018 Application will open later this fall. The program will be held June 8 – August 11, 2018.
PLEASE NOTE: Students interested in Biology or Neuroscience must apply directly to the MIT Summer Research Program in Biology and Neuroscience.
Frequently Asked Questions:
> WHO CAN APPLY?
Please see eligibility and qualification requirements on our Eligibility page.
> I AM AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT; CAN I APPLY TO MSRP?
International students enrolled full-time in a degree-granting program at a US institution are eligible to apply. However, the program does target domestic, underrepresented minorities. Students who will receive their bachelor’s degree at an institution outside of the US and exchange students are NOT eligible to apply.
> I AM A US CITIZEN ATTENDING AN UNDERGRADUATE INSTITUTION OUTSIDE OF THE US; CAN I APPLY TO MSRP?
No. We only accept applications from students studying in the US, including its territories.
> IS THIS PROGRAM AVAILABLE FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS?
No. MSRP is only available to non-MIT undergraduate students.
> I AM NOT A MEMBER OF A MINORITY GROUP. MAY I STILL APPLY?
Yes. However, the program targets students who are members of groups underrepresented and underserved in graduate education.
> WHAT IF MY GPA IS LESS THAN 3.5?
Applications from students who describe exceptional circumstances in their personal statement, or who demonstrate a marked progression of improving grades on their transcript, may be considered.
• THE PROGRAM •
> HOW LONG DOES MSRP RUN AND WHAT ARE THE DATES?
MSRP is a nine-week program. In 2018 it will run from June 8th – August 11th. Students are expected to participate for the entire duration of the program.
> WHAT IF MY FINAL EXAMS CONFLICT WITH THE PROGRAM DATES?
Students are required to participate for the entire duration of the program. If your final exams conflict with the program start date, you should arrange to take your exams earlier. Students at California institutions on the quarter system who are admitted may make arrangements to have their final exams proctored at MIT.
> DOES IT COST TO PARTICIPATE IN MSRP?
No. MSRP participants receive a weekly stipend, round trip travel, and university housing during the nine-week program. Food costs are not covered, although there are several program meals each week.
> WHICH DEPARTMENTS PARTICIPATE IN MSRP?
Participating departments and labs are determined by the admitted applicants’ areas of interest. Applicants list their top faculty and departments on the application, and we do our best to place admitted applicants in their top choice or a closely related lab.
> CAN I TAKE CLASSES AT MIT WHILE PARTICIPATING IN MSRP?
No. MSRP interns cannot take classes while participating in the program. They are expected to spend the majority of their time in lab as well as completing their MSRP deliverables and attending weekly MSRP events and activities.
> IF ACCEPTED INTO MSRP, DOES THAT GUARANTEE ADMISSION INTO MIT FOR GRADUATE SCHOOL?
No. All MSRP interns have an opportunity to interact with a number of MIT faculty, administrators, and graduate students. However, acceptance into MSRP does NOT guarantee admission into MIT for graduate school.
• APPLYING TO MSRP •
> HOW DO I APPLY?
The application for MSRP typically opens in late fall and closes at the end of January. Only online applications are accepted.
> WHAT IS THE APPLICATION DEADLINE?
Last year’s application closed on February 2, 2017 at 11:59 pm. It is to your advantage to submit your application early to ensure all requirements arrive in time.
> WHAT IS ON THE APPLICATION?
The application includes:
- Three letters of recommendation.
- At least 2 of the 3 recommendations must be from faculty members from an institution where you have conducted research or taken classes.
- Applicants with prior research experience (whether at your home institution or elsewhere) are required to provide, at minimum, 1 letter of recommendation from a research supervisor. If you have conducted research under a faculty member, a letter from this individual would qualify as being from faculty and a research supervisor.
- If you have participated in MSRP previously, 1 letter must be from your research mentor.
- Top three research preferences for department, faculty member, and research area
- There is no set list of “program faculty”, so please conduct your own research into current MIT faculty using the department’s website, found here.
- Essay questions
- Resume or CV
- Unofficial Transcript
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> ONCE I APPLY, WHEN WILL I FIND OUT IF I AM ACCEPTED INTO THE PROGRAM?
Students are notified of their acceptance into the program in mid-March.
> HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO ACCEPT AN OFFER?
Once you are notified of admission into MSRP, you have one week to accept.