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Student Advice & Resources

If you’re excited by the possibility of doing real-world research with MIT faculty and researchers, then you’re ready to UROP.

Not sure how to get started?

Our team has curated a series of resources and how-to-guides that will get you where you need to go—whether you’re just beginning the process, or are ready to dive in. And of course, our team is always here to answer questions, provide advice, or help you explore.

Starting the journey

When it comes to UROP, preparation is key. First things first: start by thinking carefully about how UROP can help you pursue your research interests and career goals, and what type of project you’d like to pursue. Learn what research experience or training might be required, and how to create or update your resume so that it highlights all the strengths that make you an ideal UROP candidate.

Finding a UROP

From chemical engineering and architecture to computer science and anthropology, virtually every lab, center, and academic department at MIT offers the chance to UROP. Learn where to look for upcoming projects, the best way to connect with faculty and supervisors, and how to make your interview the best it can be.

Working with mentors

Mentors and supervisors are at the heart of every UROP experience. Understanding how to build and maintain a strong working relationship with your UROP mentor will help ensure that your experience is transformational, and will set the stage for opportunities that continue on long after your project is done.

Departmental Contacts & Resources

There are a number of staff and other resources available to support you in your UROP experiences – which we highlight here.

Eloranta Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships

The Peter J. Eloranta Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships are awarded each spring to MIT undergraduates who have proposed to conduct novel research or further develop innovative ideas, devices, prototypes, etc. – based upon committee review and selection.

Further exploration

UROP is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for undergraduates to conduct research with MIT faculty and mentors, but the Institute provides a world of other experiential learning opportunities for students to explore.