How do I find a UROP?
Welcome to UROP
Want the chance to work on cutting edge research? Explore this site to learn more about engaging in UROP at MIT.
Explore UROP at MIT
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 90% 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.
UROP Benefits include:
- Building meaningful connections with faculty, researchers, graduate students, and other undergraduates who share similar research and career interests.
- Learning more about majors/minors and/or exploring another field of interest
- Gaining knowledge and practical skills necessary for graduate school, health professions, or a future career.
- Applying classroom learning to real-world problems and actual research...learn by doing.
- Contributing to research outcomes—whether co-authoring papers, preparing posters, attending conferences, patenting inventions, or launching a start-up.
With UROP the possibilities are endless! Start your journey using the tools provided on this site.
Koch Ctr. for Cancer Research UROP Profile
Kamena welcomes us into her UROP at the Koch Institute. You can also learn more about this student profile project in the MIT News article - Faces of UROP.Explore the world of cancer research in Kamena's profile video
Photonic Crystals UROP
Prashanth shares his story of UROPing in Physics. You can also learn more in the MIT News article - Faces of UROPExplore Prashanth's research to model a new class of material: the photonic crystal in this profile video
LuminAR UROP - A Media Lab Group Profile
Peak inside the Media Lab LuminAR UROP project. See also the MIT News article - Faces of UROP for more information on this profile project.Watch the video profile of the Media Lab LuminAR UROP project
Perfecting the Super Battery - UROP Profile
Allan, a future inventor works on perfecting the super battery which will regulate the power grid. You can also learn more about this student profile video project in the MIT News article - Faces of UROPAllan discusses his UROP project in his profile video