Juniors: MIT and other summer programs by Matt McGann '00
Juniors may want to start thinking about summer programs including MITES, RSI, and WTP.
This message goes out especially to the juniors… seniors, spread the word to your favorite underclassmen.
The three high school summer programs hosted by MIT — MITES, RSI, and WTP — have their application deadlines coming up quickly. All three are open exclusively to high school juniors. MITES and RSI are free; WTP is subsidized and offers financial aid. Here’s a little more about them:
- Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES) is a rigorous six-week residential, academic enrichment summer program for promising high school juniors who are interested in studying and exploring careers in science, engineering, and entrepreneurship.
- The Research Science Institute (RSI), sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Education and MIT, is a rigorous academic program which emphasizes advanced theory and research in mathematics, the sciences, and engineering.
- The Women’s Technology Program (WTP) is a four-week summer academic and residential experience where female high school students explore engineering through hands-on classes, labs, and team-based projects. There are two tracks from which you can choose: Electrical Engineering & Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering.
Please note that all three applications require essays, teacher recommendations, and transcripts, and all three have extremely competitive admissions. If you are planning to apply to one of these programs, don’t procrastinate!
The MIT programs are just three of many terrific math & science summer programs that high school juniors can consider. All of the below are national/international, selective, multi-week, residential summer programs in math & science.
Science & Research programs
- Clark Scholar Program
- Garcia Summer Scholars
- High School Summer Science Research Program (HSSSRP)
- Michigan State University High School Honors Science/Mathematics/Engineering Program (HSHSP)
- Minority Introduction to Engineering & Science (MITES)
- BU Research Internship Program
- Research Science Institute (RSI)
- Secondary Student Training Program (SSTP)
- Student Science Training Program (SSTP)
- Summer Science Program (SSP)
- Young Engineering and Science Scholars (YESS)
- Canada/USA Mathcamp
- Hampshire College Summer Studies in Mathematics (HCSSiM)
- Honors Summer Math Camp (HSMC)
- Program in Mathematics for Young Scientists (PROMYS)
- The Ross Program
- Stanford University Mathematics Camp (SUMaC)
Programs open to out-of-state; largely regional
- NIH Summer Internship Program
- Shad Valley
- Simons Summer Research Program
- Young Scholars Program in Discrete Mathematics
State Governor’s schools
I do not recommend these summer programs as a thing to do “to look good on a college application.” This should be for personal development. We do not expect that students do these programs. As I’ve said in previous entries, a summer of working and spending time with friends & family is a great option, one I chose for the majority of my summers in high school. Reading, doing sports, rebuilding a car, traveling to Europe or Quebec or New York, or whatever else are great ways to spend your summers. I just hope you’ll take advantage of the large block of free time to do something meaningful for yourself.