Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES) is an intensive six-week residential academic enrichment program for about 80 promising high school juniors who intend to pursue careers in science, engineering, and entrepreneurship, especially those from minority backgrounds and other underrepresented segments of the population. The program is free of charge to participating students, not including transportation.
The Women's Technology Program (WTP) was created in 2002 to encourage young women with strong math, science, and analytical abilities to pursue studies in engineering and computer science. The program provides young women with positive female role models, college-level computing and engineering experience, and an understanding of what engineers and computer scientists do and how they work.
WTP is a rigorous academic program for female high school rising seniors who love and excel at math and science but have little or no background in engineering and computer science. During four weeks in the summer, participants live on the MIT campus and explore engineering and computer science through hands-on classes, labs, and team-based projects.
Instruction is provided by female MIT graduate students, as well as MIT faculty and industry engineers who make presentations to students about research and career opportunities. Tours of MIT labs and off-campus facilities highlight how and where engineers work.
WTP offers two curriculum tracks; they are not certified academic programs and students do not receive college credit.
Women’s Technology Program (WTP) is a four-week summer academic and residential experience where 60 female high school students explore engineering through hands-on classes (taught by female MIT graduate students), labs, and team-based projects in the summer after their junior year. Students at WTP focus on either Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) or Mechanical Engineering (ME).
WTP is not a "summer camp" but an intense academic experience. Curriculum information is available on the WTP-EECS and WTP-ME sites--check these before applying to see if you have already covered our curriculum. WTP 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 (or very little) in engineering or computer science.
WTP wants to accept students for whom our curriculum will be a new experience. Since the WTP-EECS computer science class is an introductory class designed for students with no prior programming background, WTP does not accept students to that curriculum track who have already covered our CS curriculum.
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. The daily required schedule includes classes, labs, homework, and social time with other WTP students. WTP classes do not earn academic credit from MIT; WTP students are expected to work hard because they are excited about learning.
Sixty participants (40 for EECS and 20 for ME) are selected from a nationwide applicant pool of the top female 11th grade math and science students. WTP received over 700 applications last year. WTP is looking 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 the Summer Science Program (SSP) is not on campus, MIT co-sponsors this residential program, and many MIT students are among the program’s alumni. The curriculum is organized around a central research project in either Astrophysics or Biochemistry. In the Astrophysics program, each team of three students determines the orbit of a near-earth asteroid (minor planet) from direct astronomical observations. In the Biochemistry program, each team designs a small molecule to inhibit an enzyme from a fungal crop pathogen. The programs are six weeks long and offered at locations in Colorado, New Mexico, and Indiana.
Today’s most promising high school students will be tomorrow’s scientists and engineers, doctors and entrepreneurs – the people who invent the future – but only if they realize their potential. These talented and motivated teens have unique needs not often met in their schools: for role models, intellectual challenge, true peers, and the confidence to dream bigger dreams.
For over six decades, SSP’s immersion into experimental science has challenged and inspired talented rising seniors from around the world. Working in teams of three, participants complete a research project from beginning to end: either in Astrophysics – near-earth asteroid imaging and orbit determination – or (since 2017) Biochemistry – fungal enzyme inhibition and drug discovery. Each team acquires its own original data and performs its own analysis. Field trips and guest speakers round out an intense 39-day schedule. The experience changes their lives, and the benefits continue for life.
SSP is the only enrichment program operated, governed, and largely funded by its own alumni and former faculty – eloquent testimony to its impact. SSP's Case for Support is the best concise introduction to what SSP does, what SSP wants to do next, … and how you can help make it happen.
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