Women's Technology Program


Massachusetts Institute of Technology

       







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Summer 2023

The Mechanical Engineering track of WTP will be an in person day program for summer 2023, requiring students to commute to MIT each day. Housing will not be provided. The program will be completely FREE - there is no cost to apply or attend.

The Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) track of the Women's Technology Program will be taking a hiatus so will not be offered in the summer of 2023.

More details available on the Application page.  The application deadline is January 15.

Frequently Asked Questions



WTP Program Overview

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WTP Program Overview



Who should apply to WTP?

Check our Application web page for more information about who should apply and for our selection criteria. WTP is not a "summer camp" but an intense academic experience for students who enjoy problem-solving and are eager to learn about engineering; however, WTP classes do not earn academic credit from MIT.

Students should be able to handle learning a large amount of college-level math and science at a rapid pace, and be ready to work hard once they start at WTP, but should not have already completed prior coursework or summer programs in the WTP curriculum. Physics and calculus are not prerequisites for admission, but students should be taking the most advanced math and science classes available in their grade level at their high school. Having taken physics of any level (including AP C) does not constitute too much experience for either track. 

WTP is not connected in any way to MIT undergraduate admissions; it is not a stepping stone to getting into MIT.

WTP-ME is an outreach summer program taught by graduate students in the MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering. Our goal is to encourage high school juniors who are talented in math and science to study engineering at whatever college they ultimately attend.

 

 



What is the cost of the program?

WTP-ME will be an in person day program in summer 2023, requiring students to commute to MIT each day. The program will be FREE: there is no cost to apply to or attend WTP.

Housing will not be provided, nor will financial assistance be available for local accommodations for students who do not live within daily commuting distance of MIT.

Lunch will be provided free of cost. Financial assistance with daily public transportation commuting costs to MIT may be offered to admitted students if these expenses constitute a hardship for their family.

All program materials will be provided free of charge. In order to ensure that all students are able to fully participate in WTP, we intend to provide students with loaner laptops with the software they need to do their coursework.

 

I am not in the 11th grade. Can students in other grades apply to WTP?

You must be in the 11th grade when you apply to WTP. We do not make any exceptions for students in earlier grades, even if they have taken advanced math and science classes.

You cannot apply if you are already in the 12th grade or have graduated high school. The WTP experience is designed for students who have completed 11th grade immediately before attending WTP, and who will be in 12th grade and presumably applying to college in the fall after attending WTP.

 



What if I'm not from the United States? Do I have to be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident to apply to WTP?

All WTP applicants must live in the U.S. year round (your permanent family home address is in the U.S.). Students who live outside the U.S. are not eligible to apply to WTP.

Not eligible to apply:

  • Students who live and attend school outside the U.S. are not eligible to apply.
  • Students whose family home address is outside the U.S. are not eligible to apply, even if they attend a school in the U.S.

Eligible to apply:

  • Students whose permanent family home address is in the U.S. and are attending boarding school outside the U.S., returning to the family home in the US for school breaks.

WTP will be an in person day program for summer 2023, requiring students to commute to MIT each day.

 

Will WTP 2023 be a Residential Program at MIT  ?

Due to continuing challenges housing minor students on campus, WTP will not be a residential program in 2023. 

WTP will be an in person day program for summer 2023, requiring students to commute to MIT each day. 

Housing will not be provided, nor will financial assistance be available for local accommodations for students who do not live within daily commuting distance of MIT. 

Financial assistance with daily public transportation commuting costs to MIT may be offered to admitted students if these expenses constitute a hardship for their family.

Daily classes will occur Mon - Fri from approximately 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM, with occasional evening hours (dinner included). We are planning some weekend academic field trips and social outings.  

Students will be busy with WTP activities, both academic and social, most of the four weeks WTP is in session, including some evenings and weekends. Students should not expect to do other academic work, internships, or have a job; WTP will require all of your focus. 

Additional details will be given to admitted students in April, and before the program begins in June. 


 



Does WTP exclude students who have already taken an engineering course in high school or at other summer programs?

There is no simple answer to this question. It depends on the nature and depth of the student's engineering background. We don't outright "exclude" anyone, but will review the student's application materials in the context of the other applications we receive and our curriculum.

However, if a student has taken an engineering course (or attended another summer engineering program) that covered much of our WTP curriculum, then they would probably not be a good candidate for WTP.

We do not want students to be bored by attending classes at WTP that simply repeat material they have already seen, and the seat would better serve someone for whom the curriculum would be new. Please review the information on our website about the ME curriculum to determine whether you have already covered our course material.

The WTP-ME curriculum focuses on the engineering design process as used in mechanical engineering. If you have taken an engineering class or had extensive experience with engineering design, you will not be considered for the ME curriculum track.



I'm also applying to the MITES program and/or RSI. Does WTP automatically get that information and count me as a WTP applicant?

You must fill out and submit the WTP Application to be sure you are considered for admission to the Women's Technology Program. Applying to other summer programs at MIT does not mean that WTP will learn about you. If you apply to WTP and want to apply to RSI and MITES, you must also complete their applications--your WTP application information is not sent to them.

 

 

 

 



Is it possible to receive high school credit for these courses?

No. WTP is not a certified academic program. It is taught by MIT students, not MIT professors, and the classes are not regular MIT classes.

You cannot receive internship credit (WTP is not an internship).

 

 

Who will teach the classes?

The WTP class Instructors are MIT graduate students (or recently graduated MIT Masterís or PhD recipients). These Instructors are assisted by MIT or Wellesley undergraduate (or recently graduated) Tutors. Each spring we post information about the upcoming summer WTP staff's academic and personal interests on the WTP-ME staff pages. There is a new staff of Instructors and Tutors every summer.

 

 

What is the size of the classes?

Classes typically have 20 students. Daily and final class projects are done in teams, usually composed of 2 to 4 students.

 

 

 

Will I have any free time during WTP if I am admitted?

Sudents will be busy with WTP activities, both academic and social, most of the four weeks WTP is in session, including some evenings and weekends. WTP is not a "summer camp" but an intense academic experience, and has a very full schedule of activities. You must focus exclusively on WTP for the 4 weeks.

Students should not expect to do other academic work or internships. It will not be realistic to have a paid job during the 4 weeks of WTP.

In the summer of 2023, students will be required to commute every day to and from MIT, which can be a significant time commitment depending on where you are living during the program. Financial assistance with daily public transportation commuting costs to MIT will be offered to admitted students if these expenses constitute a hardship for their family.

WTP classes and hands-on activities will occur Monday-Friday from approximately 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM. You will also have evening assignments, primarily watching videos and answering concept questions designed to introduce you to the topics for the next day. In order to ensure that all students are able to fully participate in WTP, we will give students loaner laptops with the software they need to do their coursework. We are also planning some weekend academic field trips and social outings.

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Application



How do I apply?

Go to the Application page and follow the directions there. We expect to have the application available at the beginning of Decemberr. We do not accept additional applications after the January 15 submission deadline.

 

 

 



How do I send you my high school transcript ?

You must upload your transcripts (Grades 9-10, and fall Grade 11) as attachments inside the online WTP application before you can submit your application.

We will accept an UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT or Report Card. It MUST contain your full name, your school name, and if possible the school address. The size limit is 10MB. The documents must be in English.

Many online Grade Reports do not meet these criteria, so you may have to request an unofficial transcript from your school registrar. Do not send us links to your online transcripts; we will not be able to access them. Do not ask your Counselor to email WTP your transcripts - you must directly upload them yourself to your online application.

For Grade 11, attach your fall first quarter OR first semester grades; check your transcript carefully before uploading to be sure it has actual grades for your classes, not just a list of the courses you are taking.

If you do not yet have your Transcripts or Grade Reports before submitting your application, or if Grade 11 does yet have grades for your fall courses, please instead upload a .pdf note (you cannot leave these transcript attachment slots empty). The note should say you do not yet have the grade report. As soon as your missing grade report becomes available, email it to wtp-app@mit.edu so we can add it to your submitted application.

Your WTP application will NOT BE COMPETE until we have your fall Grade 11 course grades for at least the first quarter of the year.

Please DO NOT send us any other Grade 11 semester-end updates after the fall quarter unless you have significant changes in course grades (such as going from a B to an A, or from an A to a B in a science or math class).

 



Can I include a copy of my resume with my application?

No. We do not want resumes, or long lists of awards or extracurricular activities. Please ONLY provide the information asked for in the online application. Please DO NOT send us updates about awards or other achievements after you submit your application.

The ONLY information we accept by email after you submit your application is Grade 11 fall grades (if not submitted with your application) and additional test scores (PSAT, ACT, SAT) if your scores have changed significantly.  (Note we can only include additional transcripts and scores until March 1.)

 

 



What if I haven't taken the standardized tests listed on the application? What if I've taken a test but don't have my scores yet?

We understand that some 11th grade students have not yet taken any standardized tests--and we certainly do not expect you to have taken all of them!

Although scores are a useful element in our selection process, they are less important than other parts of the WTP application. Standardized tests are not a requirement for acceptance to WTP and we will still consider your application carefully if you do not have any standardized test scores. However, given the number of applicants, standardized math and science test scores give us additional information to help us evaluate students from different school systems.

We ask you for all of your scores, but we will focus on your highest scores. While accepted students typically have math test scores in the 90th percentile or higher, this is not a firm requirement; we do accept students with lower or no test scores.

Note that WTP cannot get score reports from the College Board or ACT. You will upload .pdfs of your Score Reports as attachments in your online WTP application.

If you receive test scores after submitting your WTP application, we can still include them until March 1. Email your score report as a .pdf attachment to wtp-app@mit.edu and we will add it to your application. We cannot accept additional scores after March 1.

 

 

How do I include my test scores (PSAT, SAT, ACT, or AP) in my WTP application? How do I include new scores I receive after submitting my WTP application?

You will upload .pdfs of your Score Reports as Attachments in your online WTP application. Note that WTP cannot get score reports from the College Board or ACT.

In your WTP application. first fll out the "Test Scores Form." We do not expect you to have taken ALL of these tests! If you have not taken any of these tests, check that box.

ONLY check the boxes for tests you have taken for which you have RECEIVED SCORE REPORTS. Please DO NOT check off a test in the Test Scores Form question #1 if you have taken the test but are waiting for the score report.

You must also complete the questons listing your highest math scores in any tests you have taken.

Next, upload your score reports in the Attachments section of the WTP SlideRoom application for all the tests you listed in the Test Scores Form questions. To upload your score reports, first create a.pdf document; you may scan paper score reports or capture online screen shots of your test scores. NOTE: Your FULL NAME MUST BE VISIBLE on the page/report with your scores. If possible, please combine all of your score reports into one .pdf document and upload it . Size limit: 10MB.

There are free online sites where you can merge .pdf files into one document and also convert other file formats (.png, .tif, .jpg) to .pdf documents. If you are unable to merge all of your scores into one document we have provided two additional score report attachment sites in the application.

DO NOT request that the College Board send official test scores to MIT for the WTP application. Those scores will go to MIT Admissions; we will not be able to access them at WTP. We also cannot access links to your online score reports. Here are some examples of score report attachments we accept for PSAT, SAT, ACT. The report scores should be for actual tests you took officially, not practice pre-tests.

Standardized test scores are NOT a requirement for WTP admission; you may still apply to WTP if you have not taken any of these tests. If you have no score reports to upload, instead upload a note to the Score Reports Attachment saying you have not taken or received your scores for any of these tests (since you cannot leave this attachment slot empty). Without these scores we will evaluate your application based on your transcript math courses and grades.

If you receive additional test scores after you submit your WTP application, and your scores are significantly different from what you already attached to your application, you may email your score reports to wtp-app@mit.edu. We can add them to your application until March 1st (but not later).

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Should my 11th or 10th grade math and science teachers be my References? Can my Computer Science teacher be a Reference?

It is best to choose a Math and Science Teacher who know you well. They do not have to be 11th grade teachers. In some cases, your 10th grade teachers, or teachers who coach your math, robotics, or science team, may know you better. You may want to factor into your decision which teachers have only known you through online learning, rather than in person. 

We will include only the two Teacher References (1 Math, 1 Science) in your WTP application. Directions for how to designate your Teachers as References are inside the online WTP SlideRoom Application.

We ask your Teaches to COMPLETE AN ONLINE FORM inside the WTP Application with specific evaluation questions and a place where they can write or upload a letter of recommendation for you.

To give your teachers a preview of what to expect, please send them the link to this Guidelines for Teacher References when you ask them to serve as a WTP Reference. If they agree, add them as a Reference to your application; they should then receive an email invitation to complete an online form (they must complete the form in one session). See the next FAQ for Teacher Reference tech support.

Please DO NOT ask a Computer Science teacher to be one of your References. We find information from a science teacher who teaches classes in physics, biology, or chemistry (or is a science or robotics team coach) or from a math teacher who teaches algebra, pre-calculus, geometry, calculus, or statistics (or is a math team coach) much more useful for admissions decisions than a computer science teacher.



What do I do if my References do not receive an email from SlideRooom with the link to my application? What if they need to make changes to the form after submitting it?

If your Teacher References do not receive the email, have them check their spam file, and also make sure the email you listed for them in your application is correct (no typos). If your teachers still cannot find the email, visit the SlideRoom Applicant Help Center References Help link.

Even after submitting your WTP student part of the application you can manage your References. Note that we initially ask Teachers to complete their Reference Forms by January 22nd (a week after the student WTP application deadline) but we will continue to accept completed Teacher Reference Forms until March 1st. However, since your application is not complete until we receive both Teacher Refereces, we cannot begin reviewing your application without them.

If your References need to make any changes after submitting the Form, have them send an email to wtp-app@mit.edu and we can unsubmit the Form, allowing them to change or add new information and then resubmit the Form.

 

 



Can I send in extra letters of recommendation that I feel will make my application stronger?

No. If we receive letters of support or emails from your Guidance Counselor, Principal, MIT Alumni, or others recommending you for WTP admission, these materials will not be included in your application file. We only want the two Teacher Reference Forms (one Math, one Science) for your WTP application.




What advice can you give me about writing the three essay questions in the application?

The essays are a VERY important part of your WTP application. We ask you to write long answers to three questions to help us better understand your interests and who you are.

Each essay answer should be a minimum of 275 words -- and less than 2000 characters (approximately 334 words). There is a count below each text box, and you will not be allowed to enter additional text beyond 2000 characters. If any of your essays is less than 275 words you will be less competitive with other applicants.

These answers should be personal responses, not abstract, impersonal essay writing you might do for a class assignment. Please write about different topics for each question, so we gain broader insights into your interests. Do not fill the text block with lists of your extracurricular activities or your resume. Please follow the directions carefully for each essay.

The essays are your opportunity to help us get to know you in ways not represented by your test scores and grades, to "put a face" on your application.

The three required essay questions for WTP are:

1) Why do YOU want to learn about mechanical engineering at the Women's Technology Program? What do you hope to accomplish by attending?

2) Describe a personal, social, or academic challenge you have faced and how you responded to it.

3) Tell us about ONE of your activities that is important to you, and why you are passionate about it.





Can I send additional materials after submitting my application?

The ONLY information we accept by email after you submit your application is Grade 11 fall grades (if not submitted with your application) and additional test scores (PSAT, ACT, SAT) if your scores have changed significantly.  (Note we can only include additional transcripts and scores until March 1.) 

Please DO NOT send us updates about awards or other achievements after you submit your application.




How will I know that my entire application is complete?

When you submit your WTP application through SlideRoom you will see a screen shot automatic confirmation. However, your application is NOT complete until we receive both of your Teacher References and have your fall Grade 11 transcript (only send your transcript to us if you did not upload it to Attachments).

It is the applicant's responsibility to make sure the application is complete by taking the steps below. WTP does not send out email messages confirming applications are submitted or complete.

To  Complete Your Application:

1) Check the status of your Teacher References by logging into SlideRoom -- you can do this even after submitting your application. Click on the word "Completed" in the left column. to your Teachers if they have not completed the online forms, make sure they received the Reference request email. You can check and correct their email addresses, and resend the email reminder to your teacher yourself within SlideRoom even after you submit your part of the application.

If your Teachers have not submitted their References by the Teacher Reference deadline of January 22, please ask them to do so as soon as possible in order to complete your application to WTP. We will accept References after that date, but it delays evaluation of your application. If your teachers cannot find the email, contact SlideRoom directly for technical support at the Help Center link.

2) If you did not have any fall Grade 11 course grades yet when you submitted your application, you MUST EMAIL your fall Grade 11 report as soon as it becomes available to wtp-app@mit.edu. Your application is NOT COMPLETE until we have this information. Once you submit the first quarter grades you have completed this requirement.

Please DO NOT send us any additional Grade 11 updates unless you have significant changes in course grades (such as going from a B to an A, or from an A to a B in a science or math class).

3) If you receive additional test scores with significant score changes after submitting your application, email your score report or screen shot as an attachment to wtp-app@mit.edu and we will add them to your application ONLY until March 1 (we will not accept them after that). NOTE that your FULL NAME MUST BE VISIBLE on the pages or screen shot with your scores. Size limit: 10MB.

 

 

Admissions



How many students will be admitted?

We expect to admit up to 20 students to WTP 2023--a maximum of 20 for the WTP-ME track. We will also select a waiting list of about 15 students, in case any of the original students admitted cannot attend. We do not add any denied students to the waiting list after admissions decisions are sent. Historically we have received 380-650 completed applications each year.

 



How difficult is it to get into the program?

Admissions is very competitive, because this year we have space to admit only 20 students. We typically receive 380-650 applications each year from highly qualified candidates.

We choose students whose interests are a good fit for WTP: they have not already covered our curriculum in their high school classes, in other summer or after-school programs, or through self-study online. The purpose of WTP is to reach bright students who are not yet committed to pursuing engineering who may have felt discouraged from participation in STEM activities, and who want to spend the summer learning about these fields.

Successful applicants show enthusiasm for exploring ME for the first time. They have strong academic records in science and math, excellent teacher evaluations, work well in teams, and have demonstrated maturity, initiative, and a love of learning. We ask for scores on the PSAT, SAT, or ACT, or math and science AP or SAT Subject tests, but if you have not taken these tests will still consider your application without them.   The highest math test score for admitted students is typically in the 90th percentile or higher.

 

When and how will I find out if I am admitted?

Admissions decisions are sent by email to the address you listed in your WTP SlideRoom application. We expect to notify students in mid April (exact date will be posted on the WTP home page in April). Students will be informed whether they are admitted to the ME curriculum track, or put onto a waitlist, or denied. We do not add additional people from the denied group to the waitlist after decisions are made.

If the email address you provided in your WTP application changes, please send us the update so you can continue to receive our messages. Set your spam filter to allow messages from @mit.edu so our communications with you do not end up in your spam file. If you do not see our message in your inbox or spam file within 24 hours of our decisions date, contact WTP by email for your status.

In early May admitted students must confirm that they will attend WTP. Accepted students must be able to participate in WTP for the full four weeks.

 

 

If you are admitted to another summer opportunity...

If you are admitted to another summer program or offered a summer internship before you hear from WTP, please notify us as soon as possible, to either request an early decision from WTP, or to withdraw your WTP application

Tell us the date by which you need to inform the other summer opportunity of your decision, so we can give you the status of your WTP application before then. That way you can make a more informed decision about all of your summer choices.

This includes other MIT summer programs that may accept you -- we will not have that information even though the programs are at MIT.

 

 

 

 

 

 

If your summer plans change for any reason and you no longer want to be considered for WTP admission.

If your summer plans change for any reason and you no longer would be able to attend WTP if accepted, please email us as soon as you make that decision (ideally before April 1st).

This includes summer employment, family plans, or any other summer programs or internship opportunities.