In June 2021, the Office of Graduate Education hosted its 37th cohort of MIT Summer Research Program Interns for what proved to be an “incredible” and “life-changing” summer experience. Over the course of nine weeks, 78 interns studying in 23 departments across five MIT schools were introduced to the MIT culture of mind and hand, engaging in cutting edge research with 70 MIT faculty which culminated in the MSRP Virtual Research Forum.
Each week, interns prepared holistically for their graduate education, attending lab tours and faculty chats, receiving mentorship from current graduate students, and preparing application materials. It was not all hard work; community-building programming, including an ice cream social and a boat cruise along the Charles River, kept the cohort connected and in good spirits. This year’s program marked the success of several new initiatives including the cultivation of strategic partnerships with two Historically Black Colleges and Universities (Spelman College and Morehouse College), and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, allowing the Institute to tap into an even richer pool of talented researchers. Additionally, this 78-intern cohort embodied a doubling in the program’s size from the summer of 2020, an expansion made possible by the support of the School of Engineering (SoE). Though the summer has concluded, the MSRP experience continues for some; select SoE interns are continuing their research remotely through a new pilot: the MSRP Fall Extension Program.