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Participation Considerations

Pay, Credit & Volunteer

During any given term or summer, you have the option to participate in UROP on a paid, credit or voluntary basis, but you may not receive both pay and credit for the same UROP project. You are also not permitted to earn UROP pay or credit during the term in which they are registered for thesis.

UROP participation options are detailed below:

Academic Credit:

UROP credit is general elective credit.

Credit UROP Details
  1. Decide the proper subject number and unit total for your UROP in consultation with your faculty supervisor – options vary according to your faculty supervisor’s academic department and its credit policies. See the Online Subject Listing and Schedule for subjects numbers by department (UROP subject numbers are .UR or .URG).
  1. Submit your UROP application by the credit UROP deadline for the term.
  2. Register the creditYou must add (register) UROP credit as you would a class, no later than the Drop Date for the given semester.
  3. If you decide to cancel (drop) your Credit UROP, remember to Drop it from your registration no later than Drop Date and to cancel your UROP application in the online system or send email to urop@mit.edu.
Credit Outside Semesters
  • IAP: Register for the credit as in other terms, but note that UROP credit counts toward the 12-unit IAP credit limit. 
  • Summer UROP: For summers 2022 and beyond, applicable tuition will be charged for summer session UROP credit registration. For grading, departments will also determine whether students may receive a letter grade (i.e., A/B/C/D/F) or whether grading will be P/D/F for those subjects. In addition to submitting your online UROP application no later than July 9, you must also register for the summer session. See the Registrar’s site for details.

Paid UROP

You have two paid UROP options and different application deadlines apply based on the type of funding.

  • Faculty/Department Funding (sponsored research): Funding from faculty, department and lab resources.
  • UROP Direct Funding (funds from UROP Office): Requests for UROP direct funding may be for hourly pay, materials and services, UROP-related travel, or a combination thereof.

Note that 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.

Also note that Wellesley College students are not eligible for UROP Direct Funding – instead they must be paid by faculty/department resources. In cases where faculty/department pay is not available, Wellesley College students should explore options that Wellesley makes available to their students – details can be found on the Wellesley College Science Center Student Research and Funding Opportunities page.

Paid UROP Details

The minimum hourly rate for UROP students in AY2021-22 is $14.25 to keep pace with MA state minimum wage requirements. The maximum UROP funding award for fall and spring will be $1,995 (140 total hours) and $6,840 (480 total hours) for the summer. These amounts are current for the 2021-22 academic year and are subject to change.

Faculty may choose to pay more than the standard UROP rate, however they may not pay less than the UROP minimum.

AY21-22 UROP Pay Period Start & End Dates
  • Fall 2021 pay period: September 7, 2021 – January 2, 2022
  • IAP 2022 pay period: January 3, 2022 – January 30, 2022
  • Spring 2022 pay period: January 31, 2022 – May 29, 2022. Note: however, that graduating seniors must end spring UROPs before Commencement.
  • Summer 2022 pay period: May 30, 2022 – September 5, 2022
Paid UROP To-Do List/Checklist
  1. Complete your I-9As soon as you accept a paid UROP position and before you start working on your UROP.  Be sure to complete your I-9 and payroll tax withholding forms with MIT (if you have not done so previously). Complete details can be found on the Student Employment site at: https://sfs.mit.edu/find-a-job/for-students/getting-paid/. You need only complete the I-9 once with MIT.
  2. Set up direct deposit. Complete the online Direct Deposit Preferences for Payroll via Atlas under the “About Me” tab in the Money Matters section. MIT pays students by direct deposit, so paychecks will be deposited electronically to the account you designate.
  3. Submit your UROP application Applications must be submitted no later than the applicable term deadline
  4. Contact your UROP payroll coordinator.  Once your UROP is approved, immediately contact your UROP department’s payroll coordinator (contact information is contained in approval email) in order to be activated for submission of ATLAS time sheets and to review deadlines for weekly timesheet submission, etc. You MUST report your worked hours on a WEEKLY BASIS or your pay will be delayed. YOU are responsible for keeping track of your cumulative earnings toward your UROP maximum and may not work more than the hours allocated.
  5. Note term start and end dates. This is the period for which you are approved to receive UROP pay. If you plan to continue into another semester – a new application and approval is required. Term start and end dates for each semester are listed on the given UROP deadline detail for the term.
  6. See the UROP Pay: What You Need to Know page for complete details on UROP pay policies and procedures.

Volunteer UROP

Volunteer UROP can be a great way to finalize a project that you began in another term, but would not require a full term of research. 

Volunteer UROP Details

To apply: Submit a volunteer UROP application by the given deadline for the semester/summer.

Volunteer UROP participants are eligible for a transcript notation that reflects research participation (Course#.URN). URN notations are awarded by faculty supervisors at the end of the term, provided that you have made satisfactory progress.