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Subject: MIT Summer Research Program

Description:
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,
conducting research under the guidance of 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

Contact Person: MIT Summer Research Program (MSRP)
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Website URL: http://odge.mit.edu/undergraduate/msrp/