New Funding to Encourage and Promote STEM Education


CSNE logoWhile MIT will be a strong research partner in the recently announced multi-institution Engineering Research Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering, the NSF-funded Center will also support diverse programs at MIT that foster interest and promote success in STEM education among underrepresented minority students. By working with MIT’s Office of Engineering Outreach Programs, the Office of Minority Education, and the Office of the Dean of Graduate Education, the educational outreach will include opportunities for local middle and high school students as well as MIT undergraduate and graduate students.

Educational opportunities will include:

  • Offering an enrichment course in Micro/Nano Electro-Mechanical Systems (NEMS/MEMS) for Neural Engineering to middle and high school students through the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Program and Saturday Engineering, Enrichment, and Discovery (SEED) Academy. This course will be taught to 20-25 rising eighth graders in the STEM Program in the first year and expand to include 20-25 high school students from the SEED Academy in the second through fifth years of the grant.

  • Providing funding for three semester long internships for MIT undergraduate students in the NEMS/MEMS for Neural Engineering Research Center through MIT’s Laureates and Leaders and the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program. Three MIT undergraduate students will be funded each year.

  • Organizing a series of seminars for all levels of students in several of MIT programs. These seminars will expose students to research and careers in neural engineering. Seminars will be incorporated into:

    • Office of Minority Education:
      • Laureates and Leaders
      • Interphase
    • MIT Office of Engineering Outreach Programs:
      • SEED Academy
      • Minority Introduction to Science and Engineering (MITES)
    • Office of Dean for Graduate Education:
      • MSRP
      • Path to Professorship.

Read full annoucement of MIT participation: MIT part of $18.5 million effort to create mind-machine interface.