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Summer Support

There are a few opportunities for support during the summer. Students may work as TA's or RA's or a combination of RA/TA. Students are sometimes supported in the summer after receiving their PhD. (Non-US students who graduate in June must apply for an Optional Practical Training visa several months in advance of summer employment.)


Faculty advisors select 20-25 graduate students to serve as mentors for MIT undergraduates and high school students in three separate summer programs:

  • Summer Program in Undergraduate Research (SPUR/SPUR+), for MIT undergraduates
  • Undergraduate Research Opportunities (Supervised UROP, or UROP+),for MIT undergraduates
  • Research Science Institute (RSI) at MIT, for gifted high-school students

RSI lasts five weeks; SPUR six weeks; SPUR+ nine weeks; UROP+ twelve weeks.

Further details are on the Mentorships page.

Teaching Math Subjects

Greater detail on summer teaching opportunities can be found on the Summer Teaching page.

  • Summer subjects: Several graduate students are selected to teach 18.085 and 18.089 during the summer. 18.085 is divided into two five-week sessions, which may be taught by separate teachers. Each of these classes meets MWF for 1.5 hours. 18.089 meets on a different schedule: two hours daily MTWRF, for six weeks, early-June to mid-July.
  • Project Interphase: The Office of Minority Education runs a summer program for about 80 students who will be entering MIT in the fall, primarily under-represented minority students. It includes a mathematics portion with three calculus classes divided according to students' backgrounds, each with a teacher and a tutor. Hiring is done by the OME with usually two or three appointments from the Mathematics Department based on recommendations from the Department.

Research Assistantships

Professors with research funding are sometimes able to appoint students as RA's for as little as several weeks, with 1-3 month appointments being the norm. It is up to the student to explore RA funding opportunities.

Michele Gallarelli, in the Math Academic Services Office, coordinates all summer on-campus payroll for graduate students in the Math Department. Confirm all details of summer employment with her.