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Participation Considerations

UROP projects take place across the Institute in any academic department or interdisciplinary laboratory – both during the academic year and over the summer. Projects can last last an entire term, but many continue for a year or more.

A majority of projects take place on-campus, but occasionally opportunities to research off-campus, and there are also department-specific options to explore.

A number of compensation options are available and the decision to receive pay, credit, or volunteer should be discussed between students and their supervisors.

Some Things to Consider 

  • In a given term or summer, students may not receive pay and credit for the same UROP project. Also, UROP research may evolve into thesis work, but students may not earn UROP pay or credit for thesis work during a term(s) in which they are registered for thesis credit.
  • If students participate in UROPs for pay or as a volunteer, and contribute 80 hours or more to the project during the given term, they are eligible to receive an undergraduate research notation (URN) on their transcript. This notation is added to transcripts at the end of the term.
  • Due to international tax and compliance issues, MIT is not able to offer paid UROPs to undergraduate students not physically located in the United States.  However, students living abroad may opt for a credit-only UROP. For summer UROP work taking place outside of Massachusetts and internationally, please note this important information.
  • International students are restricted in the number of hours that may be worked during any given week. During the fall and spring international students are limited to 20 hours per week for all positions combined and during IAP and the summer, 40 hours per week. International students should consult the International Students Office (ISO) for questions related to UROP participation and planned worked hours. ISO should also be consulted before accepting any UROP opportunity, as there can be limitations and CPT implications based on research location. Aurora Brule, Senior International Student Advisor, is an excellent resource for UROP-related questions or concerns,

If you have questions or concerns about UROP options, please contact UROP staff for advice and assistance.