MIT's Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)

On 27th Nov, I had shared the following with a HS student who was interested in learning more about MIT’s undergraduate research opportunities.

Students have the opportunity to participate in research projects via the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, which is affectionately known as UROP.

http://web.mit.edu/urop/basicinfo/index.html

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) cultivates and supports research partnerships between MIT undergraduates and faculty. One of the earliest programs of its kind in the United States, MIT’s UROP invites undergraduates to participate in research as the junior colleagues of Institute faculty.

The late Margaret L. A. MacVicar, Professor of Physical Science and Dean for Undergraduate Education, created MIT’s UROP In 1969, inspired by Edwin H. Land. Land, the inventor of instant photography, believed in the power of learning by doing.

UROP offers the chance to work on cutting edge research—whether you join established research projects or pursue your own ideas. As UROPers, undergraduates participate in each phase of standard research activity: developing research plans, writing proposals, conducting research, analyzing data and presenting research results in oral and written form. UROP projects take place during the academic year, as well as over the summer, and research can be done in any academic department or interdisciplinary laboratory. Projects can last for an entire semester, and many continue for a year or more. UROP students receive academic credit, pay—either Supervisor Funding or Direct UROP Funding (if a MIT or CME student), or work on a voluntary basis. MIT students use their UROP experiences to become familiar with the faculty, learn about potential majors, and investigate areas of interest. UROPers gain practical skills and knowledge they eventually apply to careers after graduation or as graduate students. Most importantly, they become involved in exciting research!

You mentioned your interest in chemical engineering. The list of currently available UROPs indicates several chemical engineering opportunities, including one with Robert Langer, who is one of the top biotech researchers in the world (800+ patents/pending patents, and 1,100 papers). 

http://web.mit.edu/urop/research/index.html

More information about chemical engineering UROP opportunities is available here: http://web.mit.edu/urop/research/profiles/course10.html

Though UROP opportunities are plentiful, it’s really up to the student to pursue them; a key is finding the right professor and graduate students.  Hope this helps!

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