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Interphase EDGE/x FAQ

What is the difference between Interphase and Interphase EDGE?

Interphase EDGE has the addition of a two-year academic programming and advising component. 

Why did Interphase become Interphase EDGE?

After an assessment of Interphase, OME determined that it could provide a more comprehensive experience to participants if it lasted longer than the summer.

What is the difference between Interphase EDGE and Interphase EDGEx?

Interphase EDGEx has an online summer component, whereas the Interphase EDGE component requires the students to be on campus the entire summer.

Why was Interphase EDGEx created?

The number of students who apply to the Interphase EDGE program has been growing every year; however, the number of students who we are able to bring to campus has not changed. Interphase EDGEx is the OME’s way of trying to serve as many students through the Interphase EDGE program as possible.

How do I apply to Interphase EDGE/x?

The joint application will go live on March 17, 2021.

Who is eligible to apply to Interphase EDGE/x?

All admitted MIT incoming first-year students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible to apply, but only enrolled students may participate.

What do I have to submit to have a complete application?

Your application is only considered complete when you have submitted your online Interphase EDGE/x application, including your personal statements and a letter of recommendation.

The application asks for a non-academic letter of recommendation. Who can write that for me?

This letter should be written by someone who has known/worked with you for at least 2 years. This person can be a teacher who is an extra-curricular advisor or who has a relationship with you outside of academics, such as a coach, a minister, a scout leader, etc. A letter of recommendation from a family member will not be accepted.

If I have a question about the application process whom can I contact?

You may email interphase@mit.edu. We will try to respond to all questions within 48 hours except for questions submitted on weekends or holidays.

What is the selection process?

You can submit an application as soon as the online application opens, but your application will not be reviewed until after you have been admitted to MIT. Once admitted, your MIT application will be reviewed along with your Interphase EDGE/x application. A selection committee will determine which applicants will become Interphase EDGE/x scholars.

What if my graduation date is after the start of the summer component of Interphase EDGE?

You are still strongly encouraged to apply, and we will make decisions on a case-by-case basis.

How will I be notified if I am selected or waitlisted for Interphase EDGE/x? 

Notification will be sent to the email address provided on your application.

Do I have to commit to the entire two years?

Yes. We are looking for students willing to dedicate two years to the program.

What happens if I am not selected as an Interphase EDGE/x scholar?

You will still be able to participate in the breadth of programs offered by the OME and MIT. There are many great programs, such as TSR^2, The Standard, Mentor Advocate Partnership, Master Your Future, Pathways to Graduate School, and Laureates & Leaders that will help you with your professional and/or academic goals.

When does the Interphase EDGE/x program officially end?

You will participate in Interphase EDGE/x events through the end of spring semester of your sophomore year.

Who will be my academic advisor(s)?

More details about advising are forthcoming. Advising will be structured the same for both Interphase EDGE and Interphase EDGEx scholars. 

What are the program dates for the summer part of Interphase EDGE/x 2020 Program?

The 2020 Interphase EDGE summer component will run from Tuesday, June 22, 2021, to Saturday, August 14, 2021. If you plan to leave campus after Interphase EDGE, please schedule your travel for no earlier than 9 a.m. EST on Saturday, August 14, 2021. If you are a part of Interphase EDGEx, your program will start Tuesday, June 22, 2021 and will run until Saturday, August 14, 2021.

When is the deadline to apply?

The final deadline to apply is Monday, May 3, 2021.

When will decisions be made?

All applicants will be notified no later than Tuesday, May 18, 2021.

Once accepted, when do I need to notify your office of my decision to participate?

You need to complete the Interphase EDGE/x Participant Confirmation webform by TBD. If you do not respond by the deadline, you WILL lose your spot.

How many students generally participate in the program?

We expect approximately 90 students: 70 on campus and 20 online scholars.

When do classes for Interphase EDGEx Scholars begin?

Classes for Interphase EDGEx begin on June 28, 2021.

What types of classes will Interphase EDGE scholars be taking over the summer?

You will be taking calculus, chemistry, physics, communication/writing classes, and physical education.

What classes are offered to Interphase EDGEx Scholars?

You will be taking either a physics or a calculus class.

Will Interphase EDGEx Scholars be given the opportunity to take their swim test before First Year Orientation?

Yes, Interphase EDGEx scholars will take their MIT swim test on TBD.

Do I still have to take the Freshman Essay Evaluation (FEE)?

Yes. Interphase EDGE/x scholars will be extremely busy with their summer curriculum and should plan to take the first FEE exam. For more information about the FEE, please refer to https://registrar.mit.edu/registration-academics/academic-requirements/communication-requirement/pace-planning/freshman-essay

Do I have to pay for the summer component of Interphase EDGE?

No. You may want to bring money for personal and/or incidental items.

What happens to my student summer earnings expectation in my financial aid package during the summer component of Interphase EDGE?

Your student summer earnings expectation is waived in full for the first summer, which is the required residential/on-campus summer component.  For the second summer, there is not a required residential/on-campus component, but 1/2 of your summer earnings expectation will be waived if you meet the program requirements. For specific individual information about this waiver, please contact MIT’s Student Financial Services: http://web.mit.edu/sfs/

When will Interphase EDGEx Scholars be brought to campus?

Interphase EDGEx scholars will be brought to campus on TBD.

Can I plan to arrive early if I am admitted into the on campus cohort?

The earliest you can arrive at MIT is on Monday, June 21, at 6 p.m. If you arrive prior to Monday, June 21, please be prepared to arrange for your own transportation from the airport to your dormitory. A taxi ride from either South Station or Logan Airport will cost approximately $30 to $35.

Will there be transportation?

Yes. We provide transportation on arrival day only from as early as 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. from Logan Airport. If you arrive after 4 p.m., you may need to arrange for your own transportation to campus. The MBTA train from the airport to MIT is $2.75. A taxi ride will cost between $30 and $35.

I will not be able to get to campus by arrival day (because my family is out of town, etc.). Can I arrive late?

No. Arriving late is not possible because you will miss the orientation and several introductory meetings.

Can I select my roommate for the summer program?

No. Your roommate will be selected for you. 

Can I have visitors during the summer program?

No. Your academic demands, along with the planned social activities, will not leave you with much time for socializing outside of the program.

Am I allowed to go home during the summer program once I arrive on campus?

No. The summer program is quite demanding, and, except for rare or pre-arranged exceptions, you will not be allowed to go home.