Since UROP is an academic program there are a number of guidelines in place for participants and their mentors.
Expectations & Responsibilities
Effort is required from all parties to make UROP a rewarding educational endeavor. Participants should conduct themselves with the same integrity and high standards of conduct expected of all members of the MIT community. The Institute is extraordinarily diverse, and the ability to work with others is important.
In all cases, an approved UROP project presumes active and regular communication and oversight between participating undergraduates and their MIT faculty supervisors. Work at a corporation or other commercial entity, even under the supervision of an MIT faculty member, and even if at a startup, is not eligible for the UROP program.
Mentorship and Supervision
Students make some of their most meaningful connections with MIT faculty through UROP collaborations. As such students should seek out faculty contact and advice, and faculty supervisors should make themselves available to UROP students at least once per term, if not more frequently.
Students are urged to meet regularly with their supervisors to discuss issues related to their project and research role, specific research practices, expectations, laboratory rules, etc.
Faculty are expected to be available to students, to answer questions and treat student researchers fairly. Faculty supervisors are mentors and intellectual guides, who play an important role in a student's UROP experience. Faculty ensure that projects meets departmental academic standards and that students satisfy all Institute and departmental safety requirements.
While most UROP projects occur on-campus, in circumstances where a student is conducting MIT-approved research off-campus faculty supervisors should be prepared and available to provide regular guidance and oversight via email, phone, and Skype.