Spring UROP


Details on access to in-person UROPs during spring 2021 follows below.

  • 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.
  • Important dates. Undergraduates eligible for in-person access in spring should note these dates:
    • Monday, February 8 through Friday February 12. Students eligible for building access throughout IAP and already conducting in-person UROP research may continue in-person work for this period. Students must be planning to continue their UROP work into the spring term, and a spring UROP application must be on file. In-person access for these students will end February 12 and cannot resume until after February 28. 
    • Saturday, February 13 through Sunday, February 28.  Per senior administration, all UROP work will be virtual. This period includes Move-in and Quarantine Week, and the start of spring classes.  
    • Monday, March 1.  In-person access may commence for eligible students in compliance with testing requirements. This is also the first day of in-person classes on campus.

Students who wish to participate in spring UROPs should be sure to heed the applicable spring application deadlines and must also complete the UROP location form to update UROP staff on their intended UROP location. 

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 Spring 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.