For Department Coordinators

Departmental Coordinator Role

As a departmental UROP Coordinator, you play an important role in the UROP process and are relied upon for your judgment and knowledge of your academic area. This section provides you with information to help you in your role as a departmental UROP Coordinator. 

See the Summer UROP page in the COVID Alert section of our site for details on summer 2021 UROP options. Summer 2021 UROP deadlines are also listed in our Applications Deadlines.

UROP Coordinators, are expected to:

  • Interpret the department's requirements, ensure academic rigor and research value in projects undertaken by faculty and student collaborators, and clarify policies and procedures for departmental review. 
  • Review the department's submitted student UROP proposals, examine project descriptions and financial requests, and determine project appropriateness for departmental approval before forwarding to UROP for final review. Please see Reviewing UROP Proposals for a full description of what should be included in a UROP proposal. Details on how to access submitted online student applications can be found on the Online System Help page.
  • Ensure that subject registration and number of requested credit units are appropriate for departmental standards, for credit UROP projects. 
  • Suggest the kinds of skills and experience that UROP students need to acquire before they attempt research in your department, laboratory or center. Advise on strategies for students to connect with UROP supervisors within the department 
  • Recommend opportunities for students to meet with faculty and with other students; suggests potential faculty mentors based on student interests; encourage students to participate in departmentally-sponsored research related presentations and events, including lectures by potential faculty supervisors. 
  • Provide help to students with specific problems (e.g., inability to find a faculty supervisor in the chosen area of interest, needs access to equipment, or needs financial resources).
  • Interface regularly with UROP staff on UROP-related matters. 

If you have any questions or concerns about your role as UROP Coordinator, please do not hesitate to contact us at or 617-253-7306.

AY2020-21 UROP Updates

  • UROP is an integral part of an MIT education, and the Institute will make UROP and other experiential learning opportunities available to undergraduate students throughout the academic year with remote UROPs an option for both students living on and off campus.  However, restrictions do apply with regard to access to in person UROPs as detailed in the ALERT: COVID-19 UROP Updates section of this site, including for IAP UROP and Spring UROP, as well as a number of related FAQs.
  • Due to international tax and wage regulations, MIT is not able to offer paid UROPs or other hourly wage opportunities (regardless of funding source) to students that are not physically located in the United States. However, students living abroad may opt for a credit-only UROP in IAP and Spring 2021. Alternatively, students may also choose to do a non-UROP experiential learning opportunity (such as remote K12 tutoring or public service) paid by stipend. Please see Vice Chancellor Waitz’ August 14 announcement for additional details.