The MIT Summer Research Program (MSRP) began in 1986 as an institutional effort to address the issue of underrepresentation of African Americans, Mexican Americans, Native Americans, and Puerto Ricans in engineering and science in the United States. Today, this program seeks to identify talented sophomores and juniors from a broader array of backgrounds and from around the country who might benefit from spending a summer on MIT's campus, working in a research laboratory under the guidance of experienced scientists and engineers, who are MIT faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, and advanced graduate students. Students who participate in this program will be better prepared and motivated to pursue advanced degrees, thereby helping to sustain a rich talent pool in critical fields of scientific investigation.
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"You realize that you're not in competition with anyone else here. You're in competition with yourself." --Bianca Jones, Senior, St. John's University
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"As much as you learn, you want to learn more. And you realize that there's so much more out there." --Nayla Bezares, Junior, University of Puerto Rico
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Part 1 of Dr. Calvin Mackie presentation "Achieving Personal Greatness! Lessons for Life."
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"It's not just about the books. It's not just about the research. You've got to try to do what you can to give back." --Brandon Johnson, Senior, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
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"We feel privileged to have the opportunity to listen to the faculty, who are doing some of the greatest research in the world." --Juan Yaquian, Senior, Baylor University