Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program

MIT's Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) gives undergraduate students the opportunity to collaborate on and contribute to real research across MIT. It is a hands-on way for students to pursue their passions, find new interests, or explore different majors.

When students participate in UROP, they hone important technical competencies that are essential to conducting effective research, as well as build skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, and effective communication. Over the course of the experience, they develop relationships with faculty, graduate students, and other mentors who can make introductions that strengthen and broaden their professional network. These skills and connections provide students with an important advantage when launching a career or continuing their education.  

Projects can happen both on-campus and in the community, for pay or credit; they can last for a summer, a semester, or a year. UROPs are available in every MIT department, as well as centers and labs throughout the Institute.

Participation guidelines and other resources are available on the UROP website. For advice and assistance, contact UROP staff at urop@mit.edu, 617-253-7306, Room 7-104.