The six-month MIT Online Science, Technology, and Engineering Community (MOSTEC) program serves rising high school seniors from across the country – many of whom come from underrepresented or underserved communities. Students selected to participate in MOSTEC demonstrate in their applications a strong academic record and interest in science and engineering.
The 2018 MOSTEC program will be held from June 27, 2018 to December 22, 2018, and the MOSTEC Conference will be held on August 6 through 10. Upon acceptance in mid-April, students should email email@example.com if they have concerns about program dates conflicting with school obligations.
During the Academic Phase (June through August), students complete online coursework and projects in science, engineering, and science writing. At the end of the Academic Phase, students attend the 5-day MOSTEC Conference on campus of MIT. When the summer ends, students enter the Enrichment Phase (August through December). They then continue to: learn more about science and engineering; interact with faculty, researchers, and professionals via webinars and Q&A sessions; and receive online mentorship from undergraduates, graduate students, and industry professionals. Students also have the opportunity to ask admissions and financial aid-related questions in the Admissions Corner, which is run by MIT Admissions counselors.
Eligible students can apply online at summerapp.mit.edu during the fall semester of their junior year in high school. The Summer 2019 application will be available on the summer application site in late Fall.
All educational, food and boarding costs are generously covered by our funders. Students only pay for transportation to and from MIT.
Students take one intensive project-based course and a science writing course. The course offerings for 2018 include:
The goal of the MOSTEC Neuroscience & Connectomics is to provide a basic understanding of the sub-fields within the field of neuroscience. Students analyzed real data via an interactive online interface and contributed to real neuroscience research. Topics covered included neurobiology, systems neuroscience, and connectomics. Neurobiology focuses largely on cellular and molecular neuroscience to understand the brain at its most fundamental level by examining the basic elements of the nervous system. Systems Neuroscience deals with information flow and processing within the central nervous system, and aims to develop an understanding of sensory systems and motor control. Connectomics researchers are currently working to map the connections of the brain, neuron by neuron, synapse by synapse. By the end of the course, students are able to understand and appreciate the big questions that people across the field are trying to answer.
Humans have been fascinated by light for centuries. From early humanoids discovering fire and exploring all of its capabilities for food and technology, to modern day optical techniques used in the LIGO experiments to confirm gravitational waves. Humans have always had a fascination with light and the way it interacts with matter. The Optics & Photonics course served as an introduction to the properties of light and its uses in modern day science and technology. Students learned mathematical techniques that describe the physical nature of how light interacts with different objects and tested this theory by doing at home experiments each week. By the end of the course, students had a stronger understanding of the basics of Optics & Photonics and built some intuition for its use in modern technology.
During the MOSTEC Conference at MIT, students take two hands-on science/ engineering workshops for three hours each. Past workshop offerings have included: