If you have a junior in high school that has an interest in math and science (even if they don’t, this is a great opportunity!), you should have them apply to the Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES). It’s an intense six-week program that immerses students in life at MIT through math and science courses, a challenging hands-on elective course, admissions counseling sessions, lab tours and social events. It runs from June 12 to July 25, 2015.
This is a FREE program! All educational, food and boarding costs are generously covered by their funders. Students only pay for transportation to and from MIT.
Students selected for MITES generally have the following qualities:
- Passion for science, technology, engineering and math
- This can be demonstrated through extracurricular activities, essays, and letters of recommendation
- Strong academic record
- We recommend that applicants have at least a 3.5 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) and at least a 60 on the math PSAT or a 27 on the math PLAN
They suggest students from the following backgrounds apply:
- Underrepresented in science and engineering, defined as being African American, Hispanic/Latino or Native American
- Underserved, defined as coming from low socioeconomic means, which may be indicated by qualification for free/reduced lunch
- Potentially the first family member to attend college
- Absence of science and engineering degrees in family
- Coming from a high school with low admittance rates to top-tier colleges, especially rural or predominantly minority high schools
Deadline to apply is February 4, 2015.