4 years ago
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How to create a competitive research portfolio for MIT?

I am a junior and I am planning to conduct research in the upcoming summer. I was wondering if anyone could advise regarding what kind of research do prospective students put in their MIT Research Portfolio, the additional component that can be submitted, so that I could plan out exactly what I should do to make my portfolio more competitive. I will be applying in the fall of 2021.

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@OFHanson4 years ago [edited]

Brief Note: I haven’t considered MIT (too competitive), but the “kind of research” an Ivy League type school like that would require is some indication of an earned certificate from something unique or extraordinary, national/international representation of a competition, or a published paper alongside a postdoc. This will make you stand out in the application pool for a school like MIT and raise your chances amongst other competitive applicants

@OFHanson4 years ago [edited]

Furthermore (though I don’t know what you want to research in), you can literally ask any research professor from any institute to assist in their studies. Usually you’ll have to present your knowledge in that area some way through email. The worst they can do is say “sorry, but no.” Additionally, you can apply for research internships, but the former shows more dedication. I don’t know if that’s the answer you were looking for but hoped it helped somewhat

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4 years ago

I agree with @OFHanson! MIT is looking for extremely competitive applicants, and if you submit a portfolio, you should have something impressive to show in it. It would be ideal if you get a published paper alongside a research team or participate in a competitive science research competition like these: https://blog.collegevine.com/10-science-research-competitions-for-high-schoolers/

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