Academic Program

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At the core of the RSI academic program is an intensive, six-week introduction to scientific research. 

In fields ranging from category theory to cancer research, participants gain first-hand 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.