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MIT remains a busy place year-round, and here's a rundown of some of the major activities at the Institute this summer (and the reason for all the people you see around campus):

Summer Professional Programs (Summer Session)--These are one-week sessions for professionals-about 1,500 this summer-who want to update their skills in such areas as engineering, computers, health sciences, biology, management, writing and humanities. The outdoor noon concerts at the Student Center are complements of the program, as are the free jazz concerts Tuesday nights in Killian Hall.

Research Science Institute--For the second year, 62 of the world's brightest high schoostudents-52 from this country-are based here for a month of study and research under the auspices of the Center for Excellence in Education of McLean, VA. After a week of classes, the students work on independent research projects-about half at MIT and the others at nearby hospitals, colleges, etc.

Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science Program (MITES)--For the 19th year, this program brings together minority high schoostudents who wilbe seniors this falfor a free six-week college enrichment program that features daily classes in math, physics, writing and more. The program is host to 53 students this year.

Interface--Fifty-nine incoming minority MIT freshmen from throughout the country are here this summer, taking classes in physics, chemistry, math, writing, academic skills and physicaeducation. In addition, they are introduced to academic offices and services. They get academic credit for the work, and a portion fulfilrequirements for freshmen courses. The program began in 1969.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)--About 1,000 undergraduates have stayed on through the summer doing their UROP projects, probably the largest number yet.

Summer Day Camp--This annual program run by the Athletic Department has four two-week sessions, each for 240 children from 6 to 14 years of age. The majority are children of MIT employees, but others come from nearby communities and have no MIT connections.

Workshop For Developing New Methods for Teaching and Learning--This three-week summer institute, under the auspices of MIT's Councion Primary and Secondary Education, brought together 70 teachers, administrators and community representatives from throughout the nation. The participants divided into teams in a variety of projects that provide new models for teaching and learning.

A version of this article appeared in the August 4, 1993 issue of MIT Tech Talk (Volume 38, Number 2).

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