Lincoln Laboratory Radar Introduction for Student Engineers (LLRISE) is a two-week, residential radar workshop for rising high school seniors.
The Lincoln Laboratory Radar Introduction for Student Engineers (LLRISE) program is a summer workshop on how to build small radar systems.

What is the LLRISE program?

The Lincoln Laboratory Radar Introduction for Student Engineers (LLRISE) program is a summer workshop teaching students how to build small radar systems. This summer STEM program is a FREE two-week residential project-based enrichment program for outstanding students currently in their junior year in high school. This workshop is typically held the end of July. In 2018, the workshop will be held July 8–21.

What will participants do?

Students will gain an in-depth experience in building small radar systems. Participants will be challenged to build a Doppler and range radar by using creative problem-solving strategies. This hands-on program allows students to work in a state-of-the-art laboratory with highly talented scientists and engineers.

Where is it held?

Instruction is provided at MIT Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington, MA, by Laboratory technical staff and undergraduate and graduate students from MIT. The participants will reside in an MIT dormitory for two weeks during this program.

What is the cost?

Students work collaboratively to assemble their radars in our LLRISE course.
Students work collaboratively to assemble their radars in our LLRISE course.

This program is free and includes room and board. Students will provide their own transportation to and from the MIT main campus at the beginning and end of the program. Transportation will be provided each day from the main campus to Lincoln Laboratory, returning to the main campus at the end of each day.

Persons from underrepresented groups including, but not limited to, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, Pacific Islanders, women, persons with disabilities, and persons from disadvantaged backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

To be eligible:

  • Be a U.S. citizen (foreign citizens who are permanent residents are not eligible)
  • Have completed or will complete physics and pre-calculus by end of junior year
  • Be passionate about science, math, and engineering
  • Be completing your junior year in high school

Two ways to apply to LLRISE

Please choose one option to apply:

Apply Online by March 31:
  • To complete your online application, you must upload your supporting materials (transcripts, copy of test scores, and essays)
  • Your recommenders (math and science teachers) will receive an invitation to fill out the recommendation form.
Mail-in Application:
  • Application must be mailed or emailed (postmarked by March 31)
  • Official high school transcript and optional copy of test score postmarked by March 31
  • Two teacher recommendation forms (one from math teacher, one from science teacher) mailed or emailed by teacher or student, postmarked by March 31

Important dates for 2018 Workshop: 

March 31, 2018 Application deadline. Submittals through regular mail should be postmarked March 31 or earlier. Scanned and e-mailed submittals should carry a date of March 31 or earlier.
March 31, 2018 All supporting materials (transcript, test scores, and recommendations): If you completed your application online, you must upload your supporting materials. For emailed/postal applications, supporting materials can mailed to MIT Lincoln Laboratory or emailed to [email protected]. (postmarked March 31 or earlier)
Mid-May 2018 Admission decisions sent via email.
July 8, 2018 First day of program. Arrive at MIT campus.
July 21, 2018 Last day of program. Depart MIT campus.


Items can be mailed to:

MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Communications and Community Outreach Office
Room S3-106D
244 Wood Street
Lexington, MA 02421

Or scanned and e-mailed to: [email protected]


Contact [email protected] and refer to the LLRISE program