MIT Energy Initiative

Undergraduate Research

Sponsored summer energy research with one-on-one mentoring

Chester Chambers, Summer 2014 UROPCredit: Justin Knight

MITEI’s UROP is an indispensable element of the undergraduate experience. It provides a student’s first real opportunity to work and think independently as a practicing scientist or engineer.

Robert Stoner
Director of the MIT Tata Center for Technology and Design
Deputy Director for Science and Technology at MIT Energy Initiative

Hands-On Experience in Energy

The Energy Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) is a full-time summer position for 40 hours per week and lasting 10 to 12 weeks, allowing for an immersive, full-time research experience.

For MIT undergraduate students in all majors, the Energy UROP facilitates skill-building workshops and organizes networking opportunities for students to connect with other energy researchers on campus.

Apply for the Energy UROP

The first step in being awarded an Energy UROP is to complete the MITEI-specific form. It is especially important to explicitly address in your proposal how your research is related to energy.

Only MIT undergraduates are eligible to apply for a UROP.

Applications are accepted in two rounds:

  • The deadline for Round 1 is April 1, providing you enough time to apply through the UROP office if we are unable to fund you.
  • The deadline for Round 2 is June 15. While we accept applications on a rolling basis, we encourage you to apply sooner rather than later.

If we fund your project, you’ll need to submit the MIT UROP Office form.

Looking for inspiration?

  • Review past Energy UROPs
  • Look for a project opening on the UROP website
  • Find a professor at MIT who does work in your research area. Try looking through MITEI’s Energy Faculty or the faculty profiles on your department website
  • Talk to us – just send an email to

You might also want to sign up for our mailing lists to receive updates on energy-related UROPs, our energy events/jobs/internships newsletter, and general energy-related info.

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