UROP Updates, including Spring 2021 participation


UROP is an integral part of an MIT education, and the Institute will make UROP and other experiential learning opportunities available to undergraduate students. See the IAP and Spring UROP pages for details on lab-access for UROPs note the updates below. Remote UROPs will continue to be an option for both students living on and off campus in spring 2021.

UPDATED 02/02/21

  • Spring lab access. Undergraduates invited back to campus for spring 2021 and living in MIT housing (including FSILG Pilots) may be authorized for lab access for in-person UROPs. Research must meet all safety and public health requirements and can be conducted within the confines of MIT’s limited campus constraints. The student must meet all requirements for in-person UROPs, including securing approval from the faculty sponsor/PI and the Student Covid Access Request Team. Before adding UROP students to the Exercise B spreadsheet, faculty supervisors must first contact student-car@mit.edu.
  • UROP for seniors living off-campus: Seniors living off-campus and in good standing with all Covid Pass testing and health monitoring requirements are eligible for in-person UROP work.  Per MIT’s senior administration, this is extended only to seniors in their second/final term who must stay current with twice-a-week testing, daily health attestation, and other Institute requirements, to maintain access.  Research must meet safety and public health requirements and is conducted within limited campus constraints. Approval must be secured from the faculty sponsor/PI and the Student Covid Access Request Team. Before adding senior UROP students to the Exercise B spreadsheet, faculty supervisors must first contact student-car@mit.edu.  Please see the Spring 2021 section for information on important dates. 
  • Virtual UROPs conducted outside the US.  Students doing UROP work outside of the US may only participate for academic credit; hourly pay is not possible. 

    Please note the following:
    • Work to be continued abroad in Iran, Syria, Cuba, North Korea, the Crimea region of Ukraine, China (including Hong Kong), Russia, or Saudi Arabia will require review by MIT’s remote international appointment team. Projects in Iran, Syria, Cuba, North Korea, or the Crimea region of Ukraine may not continue until the remote appointment team review has been conducted.

To request in-person UROP lab access:

  • UROP supervisor should email the following info to student-car@mit.edu (with cc to PI):
    • Student’s first and last name
    • MIT ID#
    • MIT email address
    • Building for which lab access is requested
  • UROP student should submit a UROP proposal in the application system, if they have not already done so. An active UROP proposal will need to be in the system before eligibility can be confirmed.
  • Student COVID Access Request Review Team checks for COVID Access
    • If student is eligible for lab access campus:
      • Supervisor and PI are informed that the student is approved for lab access
      • Only after the Review Team issues an approval, PI (or the DLC AO) adds the student to the Exercise B spreadsheet
      • AO uploads Exercise B spreadsheet to grant access
    • If student is ineligible for lab access, supervisor will be notified.

If you have any questions about UROP processes, please contact UROP Staff at (617) 253-7306, urop@mit.edu.