IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE
Applications for the BEEAM program for the 2020-21 year are now closed. In accordance with MIT’s current COVID-19 policies for all K-12 Summer Programming (located here: https://covid19.mit.edu/k-12-summer-programming-update), the BEEAM 2020-2021 cohort began in Summer as a virtualized cohort with all work being performed remotely. We are working diligently to ensure the enriching experience of participating in this program is not negatively affected by this change. Please continue to check back for further updates.
Who We Are
BEEAM (Broadening Engagement through Engineering At MIT) is a year-round high school science education and research intern program, designed for rising juniors and seniors from local high schools in Cambridge, Boston, and Lawrence, MA. The program was developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in conjunction with the NSF Science and Technology Center on Emergent Behaviors of Integrated Cellular Systems (EBICS).
BEEAM seeks to expand student participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), as research experience is one of the most effective modes for attracting students to and retaining them within STEM and therefore preparing them for careers in STEM.
It is our goal to inspire high school students from underrepresented groups to aspire to a wider range of career opportunities, including earning advanced degrees in STEM.
By obtaining an increased awareness and understanding of STEM and the required skills and developing the confidence to be successful, new and exciting career path possibilities and opportunities will become imaginable active participation in research projects specifically designed for the BEEAM program, each scholar will:
- receive valuable educational experiences and professional development opportunities.
- practice and enhance their scientific writing and communication skills.
- facilitate high-quality interactions with MIT students, faculty, other research mentors, and staff.
- develop a new perspective on how classroom academic learning relates to furthering scientific knowledge by hands-on experimentation to test hypotheses.
A special thank you to our funders and supporters:
Community Service Fund
Partnering High Schools:
Prospect Hill Academy Charter School
Greater Lawrence Technical School
Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School
Community Charter School of Cambridge
A special thank you to the MIT Departments of Biological Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Chemistry.