Become A Trekker

Are you an undergraduate student currently pursuing a degree in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) with very limited opportunities at your current academic institution to learn about graduate school opportunities and/or to obtain the necessary research experience for graduate school? If so, consider becoming a Trekker!

Apply Below

i-Trek offers two programs each year. The first program is a one week graduate school boot camp. The second is a follow-on program, for selected students, aimed at providing students with invaluable research skills through a one year, team research project.

To be considered for the follow-on research program, successful completion of the boot camp is required.

i-Trek Graduate School Boot Camp

Our graduate school boot camp takes place in the Boston area and features many fun and informative activities including tours of top graduate schools, talks by current graduate students, meet and greet sessions with administrators and skill building activities helpful for the graduate school application process. Students that are admitted into this program are provided transportation and housing and are expected to complete the scheduled activities during this one week period.

Applications for this year’s program will open on April 1st and close on April 29th. Program Dates August 6 – 12, 2017

Curious what it is like to participate in the Graduate School Boot Camp? Read about past participants experiences

i-Trek Research Experience

Do you have a research idea you’d like to see materialize? Would you like to travel to do it? Apply to be a Trekker. Trekkers are responsible for bringing to life their research ideas (Treks) with the help of mentor(s) and the Trek committee. All Trek teams are paired with mentors experienced in the field of your research to help guide you through the process of funding, planning, and executing your idea.

After completion of the Graduate School Boot Camp, selected Trek team members (Trekkers) work together virtually during the school year to review academic literature and discuss experimental ideas. The students reconvene the following summer for data collection, analysis and documentation at a field location relevant to the selected research project. All Treks occur over a few weeks during the summer break, therefore, students need to be available during this period.

Trekkers will be provided with the following:

  • Research experience on a project that they conceive, define, perform and document
  • A mentor to provide research guidance before and during the trek
  • Personal interaction with professionals in their fields of interest
  • Visit(s) to major institution(s) located in the vicinity of the trek
  • Evening academic and career development sessions
  • Participation in a community service project during the Trek
  • 24/7 opportunities to engage MIT graduate students and other professionals (all i-Trek volunteers) who live with them during the trek
  • Travel to and from the research location
  • All fees, materials, housing, transportation and meals at the research location

Trekkers will be required to:

  • Attend all mandatory meetings with fellow Trekkers and i-Trek mentors
  • Participate in preparation for the research project including but not limited to:
    • Creating a proposed budget for the trek
    • Creating a calendar of research and funding milestones
    • Assisting in the creation of proposed experimental plans as well as hypothesized outcomes prior to the trek
    • Assisting in fundraising efforts to fund the trek
  • Submit all necessary paperwork required for participation in the program in a timely manner
  • 100% attendance and participation during the trek
  • Exhibit proper and ethical behavior at all times during the trek.  This includes but is not limited to, adherence to your academic institution’s Code of Conduct
  • Participate in post-Trek activities including:
    • Assisting in the preparation of a research outcome statement and/or publication
    • Presenting research findings and your trek experience to a high school audience
    • Providing feedback in the form of a survey, interview or written statement on your experience in the i-Trek program

Applicants can apply until midnight April 29th, 2017.

2017 Graduate Boot Camp Application

Application is now closed. Accepted Students will be notified by email in June.