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A Residential Program for
Middle School Students

Dates: July 13 - July 26, 2008

Mathematics Science and Technology (MST) at MSU is a two week residential program for academically talented students who are currently in Grade 7 or 8. The focus is on mathematics, science, and technology, and applications in these areas. The goal is to match the intellectual abilities of talented adolescents with rigorous and challenging course work which provides enrichment, but does not duplicate or accelerate course work that is part of the regular K-12 school curriculum.

2006 Program Videos: Academic Classes, Special Clinics, and Camp Highfields

Opportunities Eligibility Classes Costs and Transportation
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  • To experience active learning as students investigate problems that can be solved through a better understanding of mathematics, science, engineering and technology.
  • To focus on an intensive area of study which allows for interdisciplinary research using tools of mathematics, science and technology.
  • To link the tools of many career fields as focus is given to real world problems.


  1. Have proof of SAT-verbal or SAT-math score of 530 or above or a total SAT score of 1010 or ACT Assessment Scores -- ACT Math or ACT Reading of 21 or ACT Composite of 23.
  2. Have a positive recommendation from a teacher of mathematics, science, or technology.
  3. Have demonstrated potential in mathematics, science, or technology and have evidence of that through products or participation in competitions or extra-curricular activities.


Academic Classes

  • Astronomy
  • Chaos and Fractals
  • Genetics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Animal Behavior and Applied Zoology
  • Digital Communications
  • Media Presentations: Paper and Film


Special Interest Clinics

  • Basketball
  • Basic Martial Arts & Self-Defense
  • Creative Writing
  • Flash I: Graphics and Animation
  • Flash II: Interaction & Games
  • Visual Arts Clinic
  • Podcasting
  • Soccer

Costs and Transportation:

$1500 for the two week residential program, which includes a $100 deposit with application. A limited number of financial assistance grants are available for students who could not participate in MST at MSU without financial assistance. All financial aid grants are offered on a needs basis only. For details on the costs and due dates, see the brochure. Transportation is the responsibility of the student and parent.



Leading professors from the various colleges and departments of MSU have developed challenging courses. Working with noted secondary teachers, professors will teach courses using interdisciplinary strategies.



Students are housed two per room in Shaw Hall on the campus of MSU. Each student will be assigned a roommate. Students will be expected to remain with the program for the full two weeks, not going home for the weekend. The program coordinators and resident advisors (RA's) are responsible for providing a comfortable and friendly atmosphere in the residence hall. Student to RA ration will be 10 to 1, with an equal number of male and female RA's.

Student Conduct

MST at MSU sets the highest expectations for its participants in both academic participation and personal deportment. Students will be dismissed from the program for use of alcohol, drugs or tobacco and for behavior that threatens the safety of themselves of other students.



Applications Available
December 2007
Applications Due April 30, 2008
Program Dates July 13 - July 26, 2008

Brochures and Applications:

Phone: 517-432-2129
Brochure and Application: details of program, admission form, and financial aid form
Financial Aid: application for financial assistance included in main application




Partially funded by the Office of the Provost, MSU and The W. B. and Candace Thoman Foundation.




Director: Kathee McDonald

186 Bessey Hall

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI 48824-1033

Phone: 517-432-2129

Fax: 517-353-6464