Jan 16, 2008
Juniors: MIT and other summer programs
Posted in: Prepare for MIT
This message goes out especially to the juniors... seniors, spread the word to your favorite underclassmen.
The three high school summer programs hosted by MIT -- MITES, RSI, and WTP -- have their application deadlines coming up quickly. All three are open exclusively to high school juniors. MITES and RSI are free; WTP is subsidized and offers financial aid. Here's a little more about them:
- Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES) 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.
- The Research Science Institute (RSI), sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Education and MIT, is a rigorous academic program which emphasizes advanced theory and research in mathematics, the sciences, and engineering.
- The Women's Technology Program (WTP) is a four-week summer academic and residential experience where female high school students explore engineering through hands-on classes, labs, and team-based projects. There are two tracks from which you can choose: Electrical Engineering & Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering.
Please note that all three applications require essays, teacher recommendations, and transcripts, and all three have extremely competitive admissions. If you are planning to apply to one of these programs, don't procrastinate!
The MIT programs are just three of many terrific math & science summer programs that high school juniors can consider. All of the below are national/international, selective, multi-week, residential summer programs in math & science.
Science & Research programs
Programs open to out-of-state; largely regional
State Governor's schools
I do not recommend these summer programs as a thing to do "to look good on a college application." This should be for personal development. We do not expect that students do these programs. As I've said in previous entries, a summer of working and spending time with friends & family is a great option, one I chose for the majority of my summers in high school. Reading, doing sports, rebuilding a car, traveling to Europe or Quebec or New York, or whatever else are great ways to spend your summers. I just hope you'll take advantage of the large block of free time to do something meaningful for yourself.
Top Summer Programs For High School Students In 2018
An increasing number of selective colleges are beginning to scrutinize how applicants spend their summers during high school. Some parents, in response to this trend, have blown thousands of dollars on summer programs that may provide for an enriching experience, but do little to distinguish their child from the rest of the applicant pool. Today, the majority of competitive colleges offer at least one pre-college program inviting high school students to explore campus, visit with faculty, and even take courses during the summer months. Most summer programs are nothing more than “cash cows” and will accept any high school student able to pay the bill. Participation in these summer programs will be viewed by your prospective colleges as evidence of wealth, rather than evidence of any special ability—even if these programs happen to be offered on an Ivy League campus. As such, they do NOTHING to improve your admission prospects.
However, there is a growing minority of selective summer programs that select high achieving high school students strictly on the basis of merit. A number of these programs are offered for free or at a relatively low costs, and will prove an impressive addition to your college application. The following is a list of top summer programs for high school students:
Bank of America Student Leaders
Boston University - Research in Science & Engineering (RISE)
Carnegie Mellon - Summer Academy for Math + Science (SAMS)
Center for Excellence in Education - Research Science Institute (RSI)
Cronkite Institute for High School Journalism: Summer Journalism Institute
Foundation for Teaching Economics - Economics for Leaders (EFL)
Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Camp
Hampshire College Summer Studies in Mathematics (HCSSIM)
Indiana University – Young Women’s Institute
Jackson Laboratory – Summer Student Program
JCamp - For Journalism students
Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Minority Introduction to Science and Engineering (MITES)
MathILy – Bryn Mawr College
MDI Biological Laboratory Summer Research Fellowship
Michigan Math and Science Scholars
Michigan State University – High School Honors Science, Math and Engineering Program (HSHSP)
MIT Research Science Institute
Monell Center Science Apprenticeship Program
National Institutes of Health Summer Internship in Biomedical Research (SIP)
NIH Summer Internship in Biomedical Research
Ohio State University – Ross Mathematics Program
Princeton University Summer Journalism Program
Program in Mathematics for Young Scientists (PROMYS)
Simons Summer Research Program
Stanford University Mathematics Camp (SuMaC)
Telluride Association Summer Program (TASP)
Texas Tech University – Clark Scholars
University of Iowa Secondary Student Training Program
University of Notre Dame - Leadership Seminars
University of Pennsylvania – Leadership in the Business World
Yale Young Global Scholars
Note that participation in one of these “best summer programs” is not essential to earn admission into a selective college. For example, spending your summer at a local job or internship, or completing a for-credit college course, can prove just as impressive. However, students seeking an exciting summer experience outside their area, while improving their college applicant profile in the process, are advised to explore the above.
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