The MIT School of Science is the global leader in conducting basic research at the scientific frontier.
Research in the School of Science is integral to understanding our world, including detecting and curing disease, preserving our planet and its climate systems, creating sustainable energy sources, and developing the technology of the future.
We pursue answers to deep philosophical questions—How does our brain give rise to our mind?—as well as issues with immediate practical implications—How does climate change affect the intensity of hurricanes? The school’s cadre of scientists generates new knowledge and a steady stream of scientific breakthroughs while remaining deeply committed to our educational mission.
The School of Science provides each of its undergraduates with an understanding of the basic elements of biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics. Some of our most famous faculty members, even a few with Nobel Prizes, are also some of the best teachers of our first-year subjects.
In addition to being prepared to enter research, industry, or academia, our students—graduate and undergraduate—often pursue medical, law, or business degrees and are uniquely prepared to make creative contributions to the world.
Mission and Vision
“MIT is one of the top places for cutting-edge science. At the same time, we also have to push on issues of diversity, racial and social justice, and work-life balance.”
School of Science Leadership
Dean Nergis Mavalvala
MIT's 11th Dean of Science
Nergis Mavalvala is the Curtis and Kathleen Marble Professor of Astrophysics and a principal investigator at the MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research.
- Departments 6
- Faculty Members 278
- Graduate Students 1165
- Undergraduate Students 737
- Postdocs 554
- Research Staff 392
- Administrative, Support, and Service Staff 314
Awards and Honors
- Nobel laureates to professors 11
- Nobel laureates to alumni 15
- MacVicar Faculty Fellows 22
- MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellows 11
- Kavli Prizes 3
- Crafoord Prizes 2
- National Academy of Sciences Members 97
- National Medal of Science 10
- American Academy for Advancement of Science Fellows 83
- American Academy of Arts and Sciences Members 124
- David and Lucile Packard Foundation Fellows 17