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Mentorship and Supervision

Students make some of their most meaningful connections with MIT faculty through UROP collaborations. As such students should seek out faculty contact and advice, and faculty supervisors should make themselves available to UROP students at least once per term, if not more frequently.

Students are urged to meet regularly with their supervisors to discuss issues related to their project and research role, specific research practices, expectations, laboratory rules, etc.

Faculty are expected to be available to students, to answer questions and treat student researchers fairly. Faculty supervisors are mentors and intellectual guides, who play an important role in a student’s UROP experience. Faculty ensure that projects meets departmental academic standards and that students satisfy all Institute and departmental safety requirements.

While most UROP projects occur on-campus, in circumstances where a student is conducting MIT-approved research off-campus faculty supervisors should be prepared and available to provide regular guidance and oversight via email, phone, and Skype.

Students can learn more about how to maximize their UROP experience in the Working with Mentors section. UROP mentors should visit the Faculty & Other Mentors section for detailed information and advice to help them in their roles as UROP guides.