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Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA
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MIT Underrepresented Minority Student and Visiting Scholars programs


STEM - The Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Program is a year-round academic enrichment opportunity provided free of charge to talented middle school students who want to get ahead in math and science.

SEED Academy
- The Saturday Engineering Enrichment and Discovery (SEED) Academy is an academic enrichment and career exploration program for public high school students from Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts.

High School

MITES - Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science Program 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.

Pre-Undergraduate Summer

Project Interphase
- Interphase is a bridge for incoming MIT freshman who would benefit from support during the transition. A rigorous academic program, it builds community and confidence while enhancing the students’ science and engineering skills.


MSRP - The MIT Summer Research Program (MSRP) is a program which allows undergraduate students to spend a summer at MIT conducting research in various laboratories.

CONVERGE - CONVERGE is a preview weekend for ~35 undergraduates from around the country held on the MIT campus during the fall in order to encourage them to apply to and attend graduate school.

Summer Research Program in Genomics at the Broad Institute : The Summer Research Program in Genomics, funded by the National Human Genome Research Institute, is designed for underrepresented minority undergraduate students with an interest in the physical, biological, or computer sciences, engineering, or mathematics and a commitment to research. Students will spend the summer in a laboratory at the Broad Institute, where they will perform original scientific research.

MIT Office of Minority Education Programs for MIT Undergraduates -Seminar XL, Tutorial Services Room (TSR), Strategies for Academic Success (SAS), Second Summer Program, IAP Efficicacy Program, OME Student Advisory Council (OMESAC), Student Program Fund , Student Seed Fund, Finger Foods with Faculty, UROP for All, TGIF- Thank God its Friday, Spirit : The OME Newsletter.

Postdocs and Visiting Professors

MLK Visiting Professor Program - Program which allows faculty to spend a period of time at MIT as a Visiting Professor, Scholar, or Post-doctoral associate.

Other General Undergraduate Programs

Amgen UROP Scholars : Each year, the Amgen-UROP Scholars Program invites undergraduates to participate in faculty-mentored summer research at MIT in the science and biotechnology areas. 

HST Summer Institute Bioinformatics & Biomedical Optics : The Summer Institute offers unique, hands-on research opportunities to outstanding, highly motivated students who are currently sophomores, juniors, seniors, or in their first year of graduate school. Students engage in research in a scientific community internationally recognized for its leadership and commitment to excellence.

Center for Materials Science and Engineering Summer REU : The Center for Materials Science and Engineering collaborates with the Materials Processing Center (MPC) to offer a ten-week summer research internship program. The objective of the program is to provide undergraduates with an opportunity to immerse themselves in a summer of exciting materials research as part of a team of graduate students and postdoctoral associates under the leadership of CMSE/MPC faculty.

Materials Processing Center Summer Summer Scholars Internships : The Materials Processing Center and the Center for Materials Science and Engineering sponsor a Summer Research Internship Program through the NSF REU program.

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