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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.
  4. Please note this important information for summer 2022.
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: Summer session UROP credit registration is required in addition to submission of your online UROP application. For summer 2022, Undergraduates (whether remote or on-campus) will have the option to register for the summer session and receive credit for UROP at no cost (i.e., tuition is waived). Academic departments may set a cap on the number of units for their UROP subjects, but the cap may not exceed 18 units. Departments will also determine whether students receive a letter grade or whether grading will be pass/fail for UROP subjects.  Note that this summer tuition waiver does not apply to non-UROP subjects. For summer UROP work taking place outside of Massachusetts and internationally, please note this important information.

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. For summer UROP work taking place outside of Massachusetts and internationally, please note this important information.

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 AY2022-23 is $15.00 to keep pace with MA state minimum wage requirements. Faculty who fund UROPs via their own lab or departmental resources may choose to pay more than the standard UROP rate, however they may not pay less than the UROP minimum.

The maximum UROP direct funding award (pay from UROP office resources) for fall and spring will be $2,100 (140 total hours) and $7,200 (480 total hours) for the summer – paid at the $15/hr rate. These amounts are current for the 2022-23 academic year and are subject to change. Faculty who pay UROP students from their own resources are not held to these maximums, but must pay UROP students at least $15/hr.

AY22-23 UROP Pay Period Start & End Dates
  • Fall 2022 pay period: September 6, 2022 – January 8, 2023
  • IAP 2023 pay period: January 9, 2023 – February 5, 2023
  • Spring 2023 pay period: February 6, 2023 – June 4, 2023. Note: however, that graduating seniors must end spring UROPs before Commencement.
  • Summer 2023 pay period: June 5, 2023 – September 4, 2023
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 above.
  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.