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Understanding and following these important guidelines will help you find the project that’s right for you, and set you up to make the most of your UROP experience.

Know the nuts and bolts

When it comes to planning and participating in a UROP, there’s a lot to consider. Whether you want to learn how different types of projects are structured, explore off-campus and global opportunities, or understand the expectations and responsibilities inherent in every UROP, these guidelines are a great place to start.

Participation Options

There are many different options for participating in UROP. While the majority of projects take place on campus, there are occasions when UROP research will take students  off-campus and even internationally to conduct fieldwork, connect with collaborators or attend conferences. Each term, students have the option to engage in UROPs for pay, credit, or as volunteers. Some departments also offer special UROP’s tailored to a specific major or research focus. 

Expectations and Responsibilities

MIT has high standards and specific expectations around the conduct and integrity of all members of our community. As an MIT academic program, we hold our students and faculty to the same high standards, and want to ensure you understand the expectations and responsibilities that guide different aspects of the UROP experience.

Safety and Travel

To ensure the safety of our students and mentors, we require UROP participants to understand and follow a series of guidelines around Environmental Health and Safety (EHS), lab safety and protocols, UROP-related travel, and more.