DEADLINE: 2/1/2018 LINK: http://oeop.mit.edu/programs/mites
Eligibility: students who are high school juniors at the time of application
What it is: MITES is a six-week residential summer program during which students have the opportunity to experience a demanding academic atmosphere and to begin building the self-confidence necessary for success at America’s top universities. This program also stresses the value and reward of pursuing advanced technical degrees and careers while developing the skills necessary to achieve success in science and engineering.
Why you should apply:It is stated on the MITES website that in recent years, the schools which received the most MITES alumni include MIT, Harvard, Stanford, Princeton and Yale. Attending this program, among many other benefits, is sure to strengthen your college applications. The program is especially appropriate for you if you have an interest in pursuing a career in science, technology, engineering or math, as 70 percent of MITES alumni graduate college with a degree in one of these disciplines. The program is interdisciplinary: students take one calculus course (Calculus I or Calculus II), one life sciences course (Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry), one physics course (Physics I, Physics II, Physics III), a humanities course and an elective course (Architecture, Digital Design, Electronics, Engineering Design, Genomics). While students of any background are welcome to apply, the program especially encourages applications from students of background underrepresented in science and engineering or from low socioeconomic means.
DEADLINE: 3/10/2018 LINK: https://www.mathcamp.org/
What it is: Canada/USA Mathcamp is an intensive 5-week-long summer program for mathematically talented high school students, designed to expose these students to the beauty of advanced mathematical ideas and to new ways of thinking. More than just a summer camp, Mathcamp is a vibrant community, made up of a wide variety of people who share a common love of learning and passion for mathematics. At Mathcamp, students can explore undergraduate and even graduate-level topics while building problem-solving skills that will help them in any field they choose to study.
Why you should apply: Among the best-known mathematics programs across the nation, Mathcamp is said to be both the largest and most selective. It exposes students to mathematics not commonly taught in high school and fosters a culture whose foundation rests on collaborative learning, problem-solving and a shared love for mathematics. Beyond the academic rigor, what seems to prevail at Mathcamp is a sense of community comprised of some of the nation’s best mathematical minds. There is a point to be made, however, about the value of selectivity as a metric of quality. Other mathematics summer programs, such as the Ross Mathematics Program, are older and perhaps have the advantage of institutional prestige over programs like Mathcamp, which are newer, but Mathcamp seems to garner more interest among students themselves, leading to an acceptance rate of 15% in 2016.
DEADLINE: not available yet for summer 2018 LINK: http://wtp.mit.edu/
Eligibility: grade 11 at the time of application; female, with little to no prior exposure to engineering or computer science
What is is: The MIT Women’s Technology Program (WTP) is a rigorous 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: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) and Mechanical Engineering (ME) that students are welcome to apply for. Female MIT graduate students design and teach the classes, assisted by female MIT undergraduate students who also live in the dorm with the high school girls.
Why you should apply: This program is designed for girls who have demonstrated their ability to excel at math and science in their high school classes, but who have no prior background in engineering or computer science. In fact, while most programs in scientific or technical disciplines ask that applying students have an extensive background in their field of interest, WTP looks for students who are not yet certain about their future college majors, and who would like to explore engineering and computer science to determine whether these fields might be of interest. While you do not participate in or conduct original research, the courses are all taught through hands-on classes, labs, and team-based projects. Participants are expected to be able to handle college-level material at a rapid pace.
Note: Significant fee reductions based on annual household income
* programs marked with an asterix are free of charge