Diversity

The School of Science’s core mission is to explore the fundamental nature of the universe and bring that knowledge to bear on some of the world’s most difficult and pressing problems. Our goal is to make a better world through our shared pursuit of intellectual, creative, and technical excellence.

We believe that making a better MIT for every member of the community—students, staff, and faculty—is a prerequisite to making a better world. Success in our endeavors requires a safe and supportive environment that helps us face difficulties with persistence and resilience. We are committed to providing resources for the physical, emotional, and intellectual well-being of our community members, and believe that we have a shared responsibility to treat one another with respect and integrity.

Increasing the diversity and inclusiveness of the MIT community is essential to our mission. There can be no barrier to talent at MIT: solving some of the world’s most intractable problems will require a rich variety of perspectives and abilities. We welcome and encourage talented individuals of all racial, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, and disabilities to join us in our pursuit of a better world.

The School leads and participates in several initiatives and programs around the Institute to increase the diversity at MIT and in the STEM pipeline, ensure that MIT community members work and learn in a safe and respectful environment, and provide the practical support our faculty, students, and staff need to carry out the Institute's mission.

Policies & Resources

Educational & Outreach Programs

The Department of Biology, Department of Brain & Cognitive Sciences and the Center for Brains, Minds and Machines at MIT offer a joint 10-week research-intensive summer training program in the biological sciences, neurosciences or biomedical-related fields to advanced sophomore and junior science majors from other colleges and universities who have an interested in a research career. 
 
The HHMI Special Research Series enhances efforts to increase diversity in the life sciences by featuring seminar speakers from minority-serving institutions and non-research-intensive universities and colleges.
 
Together with the Center for Brains, Minds & Machines, Biology and BCS offer a 10-week research-intensive summer training program in the biological sciences, neurosciences, or biomedical fields. The program encourages students from under-represented minority groups, first-generation college students, and students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds to attend graduate school and pursue a career in basic research. Read more: "A week at MIT: Workshop on quantitative methods in biology draws diverse undergrads from across the country"
 
dynaMIT is a completely free, week-long science program for economically disadvantaged middle school students hosted on the MIT campus. The program focuses on inspiring students to be interested in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields through fun and educational activities, challenges, and projects. 
 
DOW-MIT Access Program is a two-day program to introduce talented undergraduate students to the opportunities for graduates of PhD programs in chemistry, chemical engineering and materials science.
 
MIT hosts the Math Prize for Girls, the world's largest mathematics competition for female junior high and high school students. Read more: "How do you do math like a girl?: 'Mathletes' show off their talent, passion, and leadership at the Math Prize for Girls"
 
MIT PRIMES is a year-long program, in which high school students work on individual and group research projects  and participate in reading groups under the guidance of academic mentors, usually graduate students or postdoctoral scholars. PRIMES Circle, begun in fall 2012, offers a mathematical enrichment curriculum (beyond high school math), that includes expository writing and making presentations, culminating at a year-end conference. The focus is to increase diversity through outreach to strong students with disadvantaged backgrounds in Boston area public high school and developing their interests in mathematics, so they might consider the mathematics major in college. √MathROOTS is a 12-day summer program hosted by MIT-PRIMES for promising high school students from underrepresented backgrounds or underserved communities who are interested in exploring creative topics in mathematics. 
 
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 seeks to increase the number of underrepresented minorities and underserved (e.g. low socio-economic background, first generation) students in research. The program 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.
 
The MIT Physics Bridge Program is a one- or two-year post-baccalaureate program at MIT to facilitate the transition to graduate school. Participation is open to physics students who have completed a bachelor's degree and have participated in the MIT Summer Research Program. The Bridge Program is part of our effort to increase the number of PhDs awarded in physics to underrepresented minority students. Participants receive a 12-month stipend equal to that provided to MIT physics graduate students, and in addition are provided health insurance and pay no tuition. They take classes, join a research group, and receive mentoring to improve the likelihood for a successful graduate school application to MIT or other schools. 
 
Each summer, 80 of the world's most accomplished high school students gather at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for the Research Science Institute (RSI). RSI is the first cost-free to students, summer science & engineering program to combine on-campus course work in scientific theory with off-campus work in science and technology research. Participants experience the entire research cycle from start to finish. They read the most current literature in their field, draft and execute a detailed research plan, and deliver conference-style oral and written reports on their findings. RSI scholars first participate in a week of intensive STEM classes with accomplished professors. The heart of RSI is the five week research internship where students conduct individual projects under the tutelage of mentors who are experienced scientists and researchers. During the final week of RSI, students prepare written and oral presentations on their research projects.

Reports on Diversity & Inclusion

Reports on the Status of Women Faculty in Science at MIT