MIT Summer Research Program (MSRP)

The MIT Summer Research Program (MSRP) is an institutional effort to help facilitate the involvement of talented students in research aspects of the fields of engineering and science, in particular those from disadvantaged backgrounds such as under-represented minorities, or first-generation college students.

This summer program seeks to identify talented undergraduates from around the country who could benefit from spending a summer on MIT’s campus, working in a research laboratory under the tutelage and guidance of experienced scientists and engineers - MIT faculty members, postdoctoral fellows and advanced graduate students.

Students who participate in this program will be better prepared and motivated to go on to a Ph.D. degree, thereby helping to curtail under-representation in critical fields of scientific investigation.

Application Deadline

Please visit for application deadline information.

Program Features

  • Supervision by an MIT faculty member, postdoctoral fellow or advanced graduate student
  • Weekly research presentation by MIT faculty
  • Weekly seminars on issues directly related to the academic, personal and professional growth of interns
  • Social outings (barbeques, boat cruise, visits to Boston area, etc.)
  • Preparation of an abstract and graduate school statement of purpose
  • Poster presentation at the end of the program
  • Individual counseling on academic careers
  • Constructive feedback on the need for further undergraduate courses and acquisition of additional laboratory skills
  • Opportunity to possibly co-author a scientific paper with the faculty mentor
  • Exposure to state of the art research laboratories in MIT departments and over 60 interdisciplinary centers on MIT’s campus
  • Hands-on training in active, “real-world” laboratories

For questions or for further information, contact the MSRP staff at or see