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.

List of First-Year UROP Liaisons by Department


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.

UROP-related classes and programming by department:

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:


5.301 Chemistry Laboratory Techniques

  • IAP
  • 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.

J. Dolhun


7.002 Fundamentals of Experimental Molecular Biology (New)

  • 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.

D. Kim


15.S41: Software Tools for Business Analytics

  • IAP
  • 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.

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