Students begin their summer with one week of seminars highlighting current research topics in biology, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, physics, and humanities.
RSI students gain access to the extensive computing resources of MIT, and receive the tools they will need to find current publications, to model complex systems, to prepare a scientific paper, and to make a conference-style presentation. The RSI evening lecture series begins the first week and continues throughout the summer and provides students with the ability to meet face-to-face with science and technology leaders such as Nobel laureates and technology entrepreneurs. Past RSI sessions have included click to view list of past speakers.
Students receive their preliminary assignments from their research mentors at the end of the first week, and many begin reading advanced texts and recent journal articles over the first weekend. Students join their laboratories at the beginning of the second week, spending "business hours plus" engaged in guided research from the second through the fifth week. All participants report the results of their work back to the Institute, preparing papers and oral presentations at a level appropriate for an academic conference. An outside panel of Boston-area academic and corporate scientists selects five papers and five presentations for special commendation during the last week of the program.
Among the rigorous academic curriculum students enjoy a variety of field trips to nearby cultural attractions and expeditions to science and technology facilities in the Boston Area. Past RSI sessions have participated in Boston's July 4th celebration on the Esplanade and enjoyed a weekend trip to discover the natural beauty of New England. Program staff are extremely responsive to student interest, and the activities of each RSI session reflect the unique character of the participants.
Each summer, 80 of the world's most accomplished high school students gather at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for the Research Science Institute (RSI). RSI is the first cost-free to students, summer science & engineering program to combine on-campus course work in scientific theory with off-campus work in science and technology research.
Participants experience the entire research cycle from start to finish. They read the most current literature in their field, draft and execute a detailed research plan, and deliver conference-style oral and written reports on their findings.
RSI scholars first participate in a week of intensive STEM classes with accomplished professors. The heart of RSI is the five week research internship where students conduct individual projects under the tutelage of mentors who are experienced scientists and researchers.
During the final week of RSI, students prepare written and oral presentations on their research projects.
In fields ranging from category theory to cancer research, participants gain firsthand experience with open-ended, scientific inquiry in leading laboratories in the Boston area. Academic, corporate, and government-sponsored research teams invite RSI students to join in their ongoing projects, providing students an opportunity to make an original contribution.
Many RSI students use their RSI research projects as a basis for entry to science competitions, garnering top awards in the annual Intel Science Talent Search, International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), and the Siemens Science and Technology Competition. Some are recognized by their labs with co-authorship credit on journal articles, and a few rejoin the labs as undergraduate or graduate students.
Students invited to the program receive free tuition, room, and board. Their only expense is transportation to and from MIT. This allows CEE to select RSI students solely on the basis of academic records and their accomplishments.
RSI is made possible through the support of individuals, parents, alumni, corporations, and U.S. government agencies.
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