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Eligibility & application

Are you interested in Biological Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, and Neuroscience, including Cognitive & Computational Neuroscience?

If so, please apply directly to MSRP Biology/BCS.

MSRP General Eligibility Criteria

  • Have a minimum 3.5 overall or major GPA (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Must be enrolled full-time in a degree-granting program at a US institution of higher education located in the US or its territories excluding MIT
  • Be a sophomore, junior, or non-graduating senior; must have 2 academic years of college coursework (not including college credit earned while in high school or its equivalent) and not graduating prior to December 2024
  • Have an interest in pursuing a graduate degree in one of MIT’s graduate programsSloan professional programs not included (MBA, EMBA, LGO, etc)
  • Have a genuine interest in pursuing a career in academic research and/or teaching
  • Must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, non-U.S. citizen with DACA, or international student with appropriate visa and work authorizations

In an effort to attract applicants from a variety of life experiences, the following students are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • Students who may be historically underrepresented in their field of interest and the research enterprise and workforce.
  • Students from a non-traditional educational background, including through attendance at schools in underserved, under-resourced, rural, or urban communities, or communities with low admittance rates to top-tier institutions.
  • Students who have demonstrated significant academic achievement by overcoming barriers such as economic, social, or educational disadvantage, including factors such as generational wealth, Pell Grant-eligibility, qualification for free/reduced lunch, first-generation to college, or parent(s) level of education.
  • Students with the potential to contribute to higher education through understanding the barriers facing women, minorities, students with disabilities, and other members of groups underrepresented in higher education careers, as evidenced by life experiences and educational background.
  • Students demonstrating leadership experience advancing belonging, achievement, and composition.
  • Students with research interests focusing on underserved populations and understanding issues of inequalities.

The Office of Graduate Education, GradDiversity staff strongly encourages students to expand their options by applying to multiple programs. The Pathways to Science database provides a list of over 1000 opportunities for US Citizens and non-US Citizens at every level of education (k-12, undergrad, grad, & faculty).

Program DatesJune 2 – August 3, 2024
Application OpensOctober 24, 2023
Application DeadlineJanuary 16, 2024

Important Notes

  1. MSRP Generaldoes not accept applications for the following MIT departments who host their own summer programs.
  2. MSRP General strongly encourages applicants to apply to more than one summer program. Learn about research experiences for undergraduates at MIT and beyond. Visit the lists at MIT Graduate Admissions and Institute for Broadening Participation Pathways to Science. 

Please also review our FAQ page for more program information.

MSRP Application Workshop

Join one of our informational workshops to learn more about:

  • Admissions process
  • Selecting a faculty mentor
  • An overview of summer programming

Tuesday, November 7th at 3 PM ETRegister here!
Thursday, December 7th at 12 PM ETRegister here!