May 13, 2021

Research Science Institute (MIT RSI)

  • Crimson Education
  • 77 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA


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.

Age Range

9, 10, 11 grades (can attend up to 12 grade)



Participation Cost

Free (may have to pay for international flights)

Minimum Technical Skill Needed

Essays 2 teachers recommendation (math/sience required). Applicants who have participated in a research project of 4 weeks or longer at a university or a laboratory should request a recommendation from the research supervisor (max 3 recommendations) Official high school transcript All standardized testing scores. Students planning to apply for RSI are strongly encouraged to take the PSAT.

Time Commitment

2 weeks

Application Process Includes

Application due: January 26 2016 RSI begins: June 21 2016 RSI ends: August 6 2016