Frequently Asked Questions

The basics

How do I apply?

MSRP applications closed on January 30, 2015. The application for MSRP opens in the fall and closes at the end of January. Only online applications are accepted.

What is the application deadline?

Applications closed on January 30, 2015. It is to your advantage to submit your application early to ensure all requirements arrive in time.

How long does MSRP run?

MSRP is a nine week program. In 2015 it will run from June 7th – August 8th. Students are expected to participate for the entire duration of the program.

I am more interested in biology and neuroscience-related research. Is there a place for me within the MSRP?

Yes. The MIT Summer Research Program in Biology and Neuroscience is offered through the Departments of Biology and Brain and Cognitive Sciences. The Biology MSRP is a separate program from the General MSRP, so you must apply through their application, found here.


Who can APPLY?

Please see eligibility and qualification requirements on our Application page.

I am an international student; can I apply to MSRP?

International students, studying at a US institution are eligible to apply. However, the program does target domestic, underrepresented minorities. International students studying abroad 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 in graduate education.


I have more than one area of interest, should I include them all?

Yes. Please provide as much information as you can to aid the institution in the selection process. It is also best to be as specific as possible in order to appropriately match you with a faculty mentor.


“Faculty Advisor” refers to an academic advisor or a faculty member in your concentration or major department at your home institution who knows you well.


When you submit your recommender’s email address, they will be sent a link to a page where they will answer a few brief questions and submit a letter of recommendation. It’s helpful to let your recommenders know to look for the email, as it may go to their spam mail folder.

IS there a list of specific faculty members and labs who are available for MSRP?

No. Applicants choose their top three labs based on their own research into their department(s) of interest at MIT. We will do our best to place admitted applicants with one of their choices or a related lab.

How are research advisors chosen?

On their applications, applicants identify three specific labs of interest. If admitted into the program, the admissions committee does its best to place interns in one of their top three choices, or in the closest area of research.

Can I send in an unofficial transcript?

Yes, unofficial transcripts will be accepted. Please email them to If admitted, you will be expected to provide an official copy of your transcript.


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.

When will I find out if I am accepted into the program?

Students are notified of their acceptance into the program by mid-March.

How long do I have to accept an offer?

Once you are notified of admission into the MSRP, you have one week to accept.

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.

If accepted into the 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.