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Analyzing the History of MIT's Engagement with the World




IPC: Industrial Performance Center

Faculty Supervisor:

Richard Lester

Faculty email:


Apply by:

May 15, 2020


Please send CV + cover to Beth Dupuy, dupuye@mit.edu

Project Description

In the post-COVID world, international scientific collaborations will likely play a key role in many areas, including economic recovery, environmental sustainability, and public health. But obstacles to such collaborations are also likely to grow. This UROP will entail exploring the archives of MIT to develop an understanding of how, at different points in the Institute's history when barriers to international cooperation were also high, MIT faculty and administrators managed to overcome these barriers and pursue the Institute's mission to "advance knowledge and educate students in science, technology, and other areas of scholarship that will best serve the nation and the world." The student will search the online archives, conduct literature reviews, and prepare summaries of key projects, policies, and outcomes. The student will work under the supervision of Professor Lester, Associate Provost for International Activities. The insights from this research will assist the Office of the Provost for International Activities as it prepares for the post-COVID era. This UROP can be done remotely.


No prerequisites except excellent writing and interpersonal skills, an interest in history and current events, and a passion for research.