MST@MSU: Mathematics, Science, and Technology at Michigan State University

Grades 7-8

PROGRAM DATES: July 8-July 12, 2019

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Extended to May 28, 2019

Acceptance decisions will be made on a rolling basis. Apply early!


MST@MSU is a one-week program for 7th-8th grade students. We have modified the structure of our programs to better serve different grade levels. MST@ MSU 7-8 will have the same opportunities to take advanced STEM curriculum in the form of two classes and one workshop, but will be only one week long. You can look forward to having a two-week experience in the MSTL program – Math, Science, Technology, and Leadership – which is for 9th and 10th grade students only. See the MSTL page for a full description.



The Mathematics, Science, and Technology (MST@MSU) program at Michigan State University is a one-week summer commuter or residential program for academically talented middle school students who are currently in grade 7 or 8 during the 2018-2019 school year. To sign up for the residential option, students must be a minimum age of 12 years old.

The focus is on mathematics, science, and technology, as well as 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.

Although academic study and preparation are the main considerations of MST@MSU, careful attention has been given to providing a safe and pleasant environment that includes opportunities for social, athletic, and other extra-curricular activities.

The program coordinators and resident advisors (RAs) are graduates or current MSU students, who are responsible for providing a comfortable and friendly atmosphere in the residence hall. The RAs have been selected because they have a commitment to education and because of their ability to interact well with young people. Before the opening of the program, the RAs receive training in regard to rules, regulations, and safety requirements as related to the students’ welfare.

Students will also be placed in three different instructional groups, allowing many opportunities to establish new friendships and to interact with others in smaller groups.

MST 2016 Video

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Student Advantages

  • 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, allowing 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

General Timeline

  • July 7, 1:00-2:30 pm: Registration
  • July 7, 3:00-4:00 pm: MST@MSU Orientation for students, parents, faculty and staff
  • July 8-12: MST@MSU classes in session from 9:00 am to 4:15 pm on Monday – Friday for the two weeks of the program
  • July 12, around 5:00 pm: Check-Out and Closing Ceremony for participants and parents/guardians

Daily Timeline

  • 7:00 am: Wake up for residential students
  • 7:45 am: Breakfast
  • 8:20 - 8:35 am Commuter students arrive at drop-off
  • 9:00 - 11:00 am: Morning academic class
  • 11:30 am: Lunch
  • 12:30 - 2:30 pm: Afternoon academic class
  • 3:00 - 5:00 pm: Workshop 
  • 5:00 - 5:15 pm: Walk to pick-up/dorms
  • 5:15 - 5:30 pm: Commuter student pick-up*
  • 5:30 - 6:15 pm: Dinner for residential students and extended day students
  • 6:15 - 6:30 pm: Extended day commuter student pick-up*
  • 6:30 - 9:30 pm: Study period or planned group activity for residential students
  • 10:00 pm: All students in rooms, preparation for the next day
  • 10:30 pm: Lights out

* Parents cannot pick-up comuter students between 4:45 pm and 6:15 pm. Parents must adhere to pick-up time frames listed above.