Saturday, January 23, 2016

RSI: a summer research program for high school students

According to their website:
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.
This is one of the most competitive programs to get into as a STEM-focused high school junior.  Why? It's free, and unlike other summer programs for high schoolers, it's about doing research and not taking classes.  The students who attend in mathematics tend to already have excelled in other summer math programs (PROMYS, HCSSiM, MathCamp, etc).  Many use their projects to enter the Intel Science Talent Search, the nation's most prestigious science research competitions for high school seniors.

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