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Bring your great idea to life this year at Junction!

Starting in 2015, Junction is now a two-week day program in mid- to late-August where self-driven high school students carry out an independent study project of their design, guided by a mentor of their choosing. At Junction, students will also learn about a wide variety of other less serious subjects through afternoon sprinkler classes.


Junction 2017 will run every Sunday from July 16- August 20th from 10:00am - 4:30pm on the MIT campus. For a description of what a typical day at Junction looks like, see here. Before Junction, students will collaborate with their mentors via email, Skype and/or in person to begin planning out and researching their independent study project.

There will also be a Junction Fair on August 20th after lunch, during which students will present their projects and independent work to parents, admins, and miscellaneous members of the MIT community. Students should plan to attend the showcase in its entirety to support their peers.

Program Logistics

The Junction application is now closed. First round students will be notified of their admissions status by 5pm on May 1st. Waitlisted students will be notified of their admissions status by 5pm on May 7th.

Junction will cost $600. This fee covers lunch every day, as well as a materials budget for your independent project. We offer extensive need-based financial aid and want to ensure that the cost does not deter anyone from participating. After you have applied for Junction, you can apply for financial aid here.

Your Proposal

When applying to Junction, students will propose a project to work on with one of our eight mentors, each of whom has a diverse and deep academic background in multiple fields. Students will read about each mentor in their mentor biography and decide which mentor they will propose to work with. Mentors will read student proposals and choose seven students they will take on to work with throughout the summer at Junction.

Never written a proposal before? Read our Junction application guide and check out our sample student proposals. Don't worry too much about the details of the proposal -- we just want to see what you would be interested in pursuing and your mentor will work with you to refine your ideas.

Frequently Asked Questions

For frequently asked questions, see here.

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