The MIT Office of Engineering Outreach Programs (OEOP) runs outreach programs under the School of Engineering at MIT for underrepresented and underserved students interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Since 1975, our programs have provided enriching science and engineering experiences to over 3,000 middle and high school students free of charge.
In our rigorous and highly competitive programs, students forge a persistent and extended network of friends and allies that affirms both their achievement motivation and cultural identity. Our students leave our programs with heightened confidence in their skills and the ability to succeed in science and engineering at a top university. Many go on to become leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs in the STEM fields.
Through our local program, we serve middle and high school students from Boston, Cambridge and Lawrence public schools. Through our summer programs, we serve students from all across the country.
In 2017, we served around 400 diverse and talented students. 60 to 70 percent of our students come from low socio-economic backgrounds. 70 to 80 percent of our students are members of underrepresented minority groups.
Making science and engineering careers accessible to all.
To diversify the science and engineering community by serving students from underrepresented and underserved backgrounds and empowering these students to develop the skills and confidence needed to pursue careers in technical fields.
A truly impactful experience can change a student’s entire life.
The skills needed to succeed in science and engineering fields are a strong foundation for success in all professions and life in the 21st century.
Solving the world’s problems requires contributions of people from all walks of life, areas of expertise and perspectives. As a unit in the MIT School of Engineering, we share its committment to diversity and equity.
Society needs a diverse, expanding body of scientists and engineers to develop innovative solutions.
A positive, educational environment committed to building strong relationships is critical for our students’ success.