Rensselaer Research Experience for High School Students

Open to rising 11th and 12th graders.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Facilities
July 9-August 3, 2018 | 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.

Please note: Online applications must be submitted before supplemental information can be received. Supplemental information including recommendation letters, transcripts, etc. can be copies, we do not need originals.

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




This is a four week long residential program. 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. They will work alongside an assigned faculty mentor, graduate, and undergraduate students on unique research opportunities. The program concludes with a poster session presentation. Because research is so specific in nature, we will not be announcing participating labs until after students have been academically accepted and enroll in program. 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 differs by each lab/faculty mentor. 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 research plan
  • Keep a laboratory notebook or equivalent
  • Analyze data
  • Present data
  • Learn lab techniques, background info, progressing to independent work in later weeks

*Students will not be in the labs unsupervised*

Faculty Profile: 

Following is a list of past faculty labs that have particpated. This in no way confirms participation in coming years. 
Summer 2013 High School Research Participating 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 room and board, program materials, residential events and programs, and any academic related materials. 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 before arrival on campus. All residential students must possess medical insurance.


Important Dates: 
January 1, 2018 – Application Opens
March 31, 2018 – Application Deadline 
April 30 – Students are notified of their acceptance.
June 1, 2018 – Final day to submit Health Info
June 1, 2018- 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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