COVID-19 FAQS for UROP Students, Faculty Supervisors, Direct Supervisors (Updated July 30, 2020)

The UROP Office is operating as a virtual office as of March 13, 2020. This FAQ page will be updated regularly as MIT's response to COVID-19 evolves, so please check back for updates.


Summer UROP

Fall UROP

Resources for Students

Resources for Supervisors


Summer UROP

Will UROP students be allowed to return to campus at any point in the summer to conduct research?

No.  Student programming (including UROP) that typically takes place on campus will only be offered virtually for the duration of the summer. UROP Direct Funding was available this summer, but the deadlines for applying have now past, please see the summer 2020 deadlines page for the complete set of summer deadlines.

Students with any questions about UROP processes (finding a project, writing a proposal, submitting an application, etc.) are encouraged to contact UROP Staff at (617) 253-7306 or urop@mit.edu. We’re here to help.  

If I decide to do a summer UROP for credit, will I be charged tuition?

As announced previously, this summer students have the option to register for the summer session and receive credit for UROP at no cost (i.e., tuition is waived).  Departments may set a cap on the number of units for their summer for-credit UROP subjects, but the cap may not exceed 18 units.  Note that an 18 unit cap applies to the total number of units of UROP credit a student may register for this summer, whether it is in one UROP subject or spread out over multiple subjects.

Departments will also determine whether students may receive a letter grade (i.e., A/B/C/D/F) or whether grading will be P/D/F for those subjects.  In the event that emergency academic regulations (EARs) are declared for the summer, it is possible that alternate grades (PE/NE) might be mandated, or the regulations could make an exception in the case of UROP grading.

Note that this is a one-time-only tuition waiver and that students may not register for more than one UROP for 18 units over the summer. In addition to submitting your online UROP application no later than July 9, you must also register for the summer session.  See the Registrar’s site for details. Wellesley College students must be sure to meet an earlier cross-registration deadline.

I have never UROPed and was hoping to start this summer. With UROP being remote, what are my chances of being hired?

We can never predict the chances of being hired for UROP.  Nonetheless, UROP remains an integral component of the MIT education, with 90% of students participating. Even under these current circumstances, we expect that UROP will continue to thrive.

We advise all students seeking UROPs to be proactive and to reach out to faculty and laboratories engaged in research that best aligns with interests.  Check out UROP’s tips on finding projects.  You are also welcome to speak with UROP staff for advice; please send email,  call us at (617) 253-7306.

Can I still work with MIT-affiliated faculty at local hospitals?

UROP students will not be allowed to work in-person at local hospitals this summer.  If your MIT-affiliated faculty supervisor has agreed to allow you to work remotely, please contact UROP Office staff directly for next steps.


Fall UROP

Will UROP students be allowed to return to campus at any point in Fall 2020 to conduct research?

UROP is an integral part of an MIT education, and the Institute will make on-campus and remote UROP and other experiential learning opportunities available to undergraduate students in Fall 2020 and Spring 2021. Remote UROPs will be an option for students living on and off campus. Undergraduates who live on campus in the fall may participate in in-person UROPs if the research project meets all safety and public health requirements; can be conducted within the confines of MIT’s limited campus space constraints; and has approval from the faculty sponsor/PI.

More details about UROPs and other experiential learning opportunities can be found in the cost of attendance section of the main MIT Fall 2020 Covid-19 FAQs page.

Details on Wellesley student access to UROP in 2020-2021 will be coming soon, please check back later this summer.

Details on fall UROP application deadlines and proposal guidelines will be posted to this site later this summer, so please check back.  Students with any questions about UROP processes (finding a project, writing a proposal, submitting an application, etc.) are encouraged to contact UROP Staff at (617) 253-7306 or urop@mit.edu. We’re here to help.  


Resources for Students

Working “remotely” is new to me.  Are there tips and resources available?

Specific Best Practices for Learning Remotely have been developed to help students adjust to online learning. MIT also has a variety of tools available to support remote learning and teaching, including enterprise versions of Slack, WebEX, Zoom.  IS&T also provides Resources for Working Remotely During Campus Emergencies, which you may find useful.  See also the EHS COVID-19 FAQ for details regarding EHS resources and information in light of COVID-19. MIT has also just launched a a decision-making framework and wiki for remote making - see https://wikis.mit.edu/confluence/display/make/Remote+Making for details.

How do I speak with UROP Office staff? Can I make an appointment?

We may not be on campus, but UROP staff are still here for you! Just send email, call us at (617) 253-7306. We can also schedule one-on-one virtual appointments.


Resources for Supervisors

I would like to advertise for summer and/or fall UROP(s) to work remotely. How do I do so?

You may submit a UROP posting via our UROP postings webform to be listed on our Project Openings page. Details on fall UROP application deadlines and proposal guidelines will be posted to this site later this summer, so please check back.

Are there resources available for mentoring and supervising remotely?

Yes. MIT has put together resources and tools for teaching remotely at MIT: http://teachremote.mit.edu/webinars as well as some tips and resources for Virtualizing Experiential Learning (PDF). See also the EHS COVID-19 FAQ for details regarding EHS resources and information in light of COVID-19. 

We may not be on campus, but UROP staff are still here for you! Just send email, call us at (617) 253-7306. We can also schedule one-on-one virtual appointments.