Increasing diversity in the STEM pipeline
The School of Science leads and participates in several initiatives and programs around the Institute to increase the diversity at MIT and in the STEM pipeline.
MIT Summer Research Program
The Department of Biology, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and the Center for Brains, Minds and Machines at MIT offer a 10-week research-intensive summer research training program in the biological sciences, neurosciences or biomedical-related fields to non-MIT sophomore and junior science majors who have an interested in a research career.
Quantitative Methods Workshop
Together with the Center for Brains, Minds and Machines, the Department of Biology offers a seven-day intensive workshop designed to introduce non-MIT undergraduate students to quantitative tools and programming languages used to analyze experimental data in biology and neuroscience. Registration is by invitation only for students and faculty from a limited number of institutions with MARC, RISE, and HHMI programs. 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
The 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.
Math Prize for Girls
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 is an after-school program for Boston-area public high school students that offers a mathematical enrichment curriculum (beyond high school math) and 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 and to develop their interests in mathematics, so they might consider the mathematics major in college. √MathROOTS is a 14-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.
Physics Bridge Program
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.
Research Science Institute
Each summer, 80 of the world’s most accomplished high school students gather at the MIT for the Research Science Institute (RSI). RSI is a free summer science and engineering program that combines 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 in which 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.