MIT THINK Staff - Ask us anything!

Hello from the MIT THINK team! We’re a student group at MIT that provides science, research, and innovation opportunities for high schoolers across the country. Each year, we select project proposals to provide MIT mentorship, a $1,000 budget, and a fully-funded, 4 day trip to MIT! Projects in the past have ranged from green technologies and practical devices to software applications.

We wanted to do this AMA to give everyone the opportunity to get their burning questions about the program answered before our applications open this November!

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We look forward to answering your questions :)!


Hi! I am considering submitting my research proposal to MIT Think Program. What I’m concerned is that if international students attending high school in US are eligible to apply. I am currently a senior and have studied in a high school in CA since my freshman year. I envision I will stay in US for college as well.

We’re so glad that you’re interested, and I apologize for the delay in answering. As long as you are present and living in the US from January to February, you can participate!

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My son is interested in aerospace engineering. Actually he is very passionate about it. He has a 4 in AP Physics and doing a total of 13 APs. He is in the National Science Society, Honor Society, Key Club Secretary, track etc. He is a senior. What should he focus on in his eassy? Any tips on applying?

I think

I posted in the wrong place.

I think so, but maybe THINK would be something cool for your son to look into! :slight_smile:

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I just wanted to say that I’ve done your program several times and I really enjoyed it!

I will also participate in the program, because I have friends who have done it and they have told me that it is incredible. I hope to have fun

Thank you for answering my question. I am excited that I am eligible to attend. I kinda have a idea of using cell culture to create a model of how the presence of bacteria affects the cancer rate, but it’s more biochem-related. Would you suggest that I should incorporate some technology and engineering into my research when applying to this program?

Hi, I’m an 8th grader and was wondering why I’m getting so many notifications from colleges.??

Did you take the ACT/SAT for Duke TIP? I participated in Duke TIP and got a 27 on the ACT in 7th grade, so maybe that’s why (college search service).

What are some of the summer programs open to international students? Most I see are for US-only students like MIT think etc

Biochem by itself totally fits within the types of proposals we look for. As long as you think it could be completed within one semester and under a $1,000 budget, we would be honored to hear about your idea!

Thank you! We are so glad you could participate :smiley:

Thank you for answering my question! I am going to apply, and I am excited!

Hi! Is the program free?

Hello @MIT_THINK Staff. Thanks for this post. My son who is a sophmore is very interested in this opportunity. Is he eligible to apply for the next summer program?

It sure is!!