Preparing for UROPs
Before you begin your search and start to contact faculty, take a moment to examine your interests, needs and goals, so you can communicate them effectively. Professors want to know that you have the time, energy, and commitment to become a productive member of their research groups. Use our self-assessment guide to get started.
Research Preparation and Training
While formal research preparation may not be necessary for every UROP, some faculty and departments do seek students who have already completed certain classes or who have some level of research background.
Students interested in research preparation, should consider enrolling in an introductory laboratory subjects and/or specific departmental seminars. Participating in these subjects is a good way to get an idea of what research will be like. See the Online Subject Listing and Schedule or the MIT Summer Session Catalog to find applicable offerings.
Also consider speaking with the applicable department UROP Coordinator for advice on preparation for research in a particular field.
Online Safety Training
Since you are not authorized to begin research until all department and EHS safety training requirements have been fulfilled, consider completing online MIT EHS Training before you begin your UROP search.
Additional specific training requirements may apply to specific UROP projects, but completing available online training relative to your field of interest may prove beneficial.
MakerLodge provides training to undergraduate makers – from shop safety to maker tech – as well as access to various Lodges on campus available to trained makers. MakerLodge training sessions are regularly scheduled, so be sure to visit the MakerLodge site for details. The skills, experiences, shop tools, and facilities MakerLodge provides will prove valuable to you in UROPs in many areas.