Rensselaer Research Experience for High School Students

Open to rising 11th and 12th graders
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Facilities
July 6-31, 2020 | Duration: 4 Weeks
Residential Only: $6000.00
Application Information: 

Prerequisites: Students looking to gain valuable scientific research experience are encouraged to apply for this program. Applications will be selected based on GPA, science/tech/engineering/math related activities, student response questions, and teacher reference forms.

Application details: In addition to the online application, students must submit a copy of their transcript, two recommendations, and a resume. Supplemental information including recommendation letters, transcripts, etc. can be copies, we do not need originals or official copies. Applications will not be reviewed if they are incomplete. Please follow the directions on the application page carefully.

Application LInk:

Questions? If you have any questions regarding the submittal of application and supplemental documentation, please contact Summer@Rensselaer at or (518) 276-6809.


This is a four week long residential research program on RPI's Troy campus. Rensselaer faculty and Summer@Rensselaer work together to provide select high school students the unique opportunity to conduct research and learn new skills specific to their assigned research group. Students work alongside an assigned faculty member and graduate student mentor on unique research opportunities. The program concludes with a poster session presentation. 

Please note: Because research is so specific in nature, Summer@Rensselaer does not announce or list specific participating labs until after students have been academically accepted and enroll in the program. Students are assigned to a lab based on the research topics/areas selected in their application. 

Students who have successfully completed this program have gone on to apply to various departments at Rensselaer. Visit The Office of Admissions at Rensselaer for a more detailed overview of the opportunities as undergraduate student.

What You Will Learn: 

This intensive 4-week program immerses students in hands-on, innovative research in a lab setting. Each high school student is tasked with aiding in very specific research, but all labs focus on the following learning outcomes between 9am-4pm every day.

  • Develop a detailed research plan
  • Keep a laboratory notebook or equivalent
  • Analyze data
  • Present data
  • Learn lab techniques, background info, progressing to independent work in later weeks

Please note that students work under the mentorship of experienced Rensselaer faculty and graduate students and will not conduct research in an unsupervised lab setting.

Faculty Profile: 

Following is a list of past faculty labs that have participated in the Research program. This list provides examples of past projects only and should not serve as confirmation of current/future participating labs.
Rensselaer Research Experience Faculty & Labs

Program Cost and Accommodations: 

Total cost is $6000.00There is a $425.00 non-refundable deposit required in order to reserve your spot in the program, once the student is academically accepted.

This cost includes tuition, room and board, program materials, field trips, and all residential events and programs. Check-in will be on Sunday afternoon prior to the start of the program and Check-out will be on Friday, after a final presentation.

Accepted students will receive information regarding accommodations, arrival/departure times, and full program details upon registration. Please note that all students will be required to submit health and medical information (including immunization records) before arrival on campus. All residential students must possess medical insurance.


Important Dates: 

January 7 – Application opens
March 31 – Application deadline 
April 30 – Students are notified of their acceptance
May 15 - Registration deadline for accepted students
June 1 – Final day to submit health forms
June 1- Final payment is due for accepted/registered students

Registration Information:  Accepted students should register as soon as possible after admission. A link will be provided to you upon your acceptance.

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