For First Year Students
Participating in UROP can be an eye-opening experience and help you learn more about given fields as you explore majors and more. General advice can be found on our Preparing for Projects and Finding a UROP pages and the First-Year UROP Liaisons (listed below) are happy to provide specific advice and assistance in your UROP search. You may also want to consider taking UROP-related classes or attending UROP-related programs and events.
These individuals have specifically offered to help first-year students find a UROP in their department. If you are interested in pursuing a UROP in that department, please email them with a brief description of yourself and your research interests, and they will set up a meeting or direct you to appropriate resources. If a department is not listed here, feel free to contact their UROP Coordinator. UROP office staff in 7-104 are also happy to provide assistance finding positions throughout the Institute.
- Course 1- Kiley Clapper (email@example.com)
- Course 2 - Jared Embelton (firstname.lastname@example.org) (First years can also join the me-ugresearch listserv to receive emails about opportunities)
- Course 3 - Contact Prof. JJ Hu (email@example.com) for hard materials (metals, ceramics, semiconductors, glasses, etc.) or Prof. Niels Holten-Andersen (firstname.lastname@example.org) for soft materials (polymers, biological materials, gels, colloids, etc.)
- Course 4 - Paul Pettigrew (email@example.com) and Professor Larry Sass (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Course 5 - Prof. Alex Radosevich (email@example.com
- Course 8 - Prof. Nergis Mavalvala (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Course 9 - Jillian Auerbach (email@example.com)
- Course 10 - Barry Johnston (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Course 11 - Ezra Glenn (email@example.com)
- Course 12 - Megan Jordan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Course 14 - Dave Donaldson (email@example.com)
- Course 16 - Marie Stuppard (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Course 17 - Tobie Weiner (email@example.com)
- Course 18 -Prof. Elchanan Mossel (firstname.lastname@example.org), Prof. Steven Johnson (email@example.com)
- Course 20 - Prof. Jacquin Niles (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Course 21A - Irene Hartford (email@example.com
- Course 21G - Joyce Roberge (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Course 21W/CMS - Becky Shepardson (email@example.com)
- Course 22 - Matteo Bucci (firstname.lastname@example.org), Heather Barry (email@example.com), Brandy Baker (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- STS - Will Deringer (email@example.com)
Additional classes will be listed as we learn about offerings that may be of interest to you.
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Our mini-UROP program takes place over IAP and is designed to offer freshmen a taste of the research conducted in CEE. Students will work closely with either a grad student or postdoc on a research project and have an in-depth experience in the lab over three weeks. At the end of the three weeks, mini-UROP participants present their research in “lightning” presentations to an audience of their peers and CEE community members. Many mini-UROPs have the opportunity to develop into full term UROPs in the spring. Projects range from designing a city on Mars to creating durable, eco-friendly concrete using recycled materials.
Additional information is online at: https://cee.mit.edu/urop/
- Prereq: Chemistry (GIR) and permission of instructor
- Units: 1-4-1 [P/D/F]
Practical training in basic chemistry laboratory techniques. Intended to provide freshmen with the skills necessary to undertake original research projects in chemistry. Freshmen only. Enrollment limited.
- Fall, Spring
- Prereq: None
- Units: 1-4-1
Introduces the experimental concepts and methods of molecular biology. Covers basic principles of experimental design and data analysis, with an emphasis on the acquisition of practical laboratory experience. Satisfies 6 units of Institute Laboratory credit. Enrollment limited.
15.S41: Software Tools for Business Analytics
- Prereq: None
- 3 units, P/D/F grading
Because of the "big data revolution," there is an ever-increasing need for techniques for analyzing data, developing mathematical models, and using these models to make informed decisions. To get started in this process, one needs a working knowledge of business analytic software tools. The goal of this course is to provide students with a baseline knowledge of business analytics software tools that they can use in MIT courses, UROPs involving data analysis, and summer internships or jobs after graduation.
Questions?: Scott Alessandro, firstname.lastname@example.org