UROP cultivates and supports research partnerships between MIT undergraduates and faculty - whether you join established research projects or pursue your own ideas.
Opportunities abound in every academic department as well as interdisciplinary laboratories and centers — off-campus, clinical, and global opportunities are also available. Projects occur during the academic year and/or in the summer session — lasting for an entire semester or continuing for a year or more.
One of the earliest programs of its kind in the United States, UROP began in 1969, under the leadership of the late Prof. Margaret L. A. MacVicar, who was inspired by Edwin H. Land's 1957 Generation of Greatness lecture and the power of learning by doing. Today, the program supports thousands of projects each year with 91% of MIT graduating seniors participating in at least one UROP during their undergraduate years.
By engaging in UROP, you'll have the opportunity to participate in each phase of research activity—from developing research plans, writing proposals, and conducting research — to analyzing data and presenting or publishing your results.