Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Research

Supporting undergraduate research is an important component of MITEI’s commitment to training tomorrow’s energy innovators to provide a growing global population with affordable, sustainable energy access and tackle climate change. MITEI encourages and supports student participation in energy research through our Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP).

MITEI UROP students are innovative problem solvers who become integral members of the labs in which they work. A UROP provides the chance to work closely with faculty, graduate students, postdocs, and research scientists.

Since the program’s inception in 2008, MITEI and our member companies and donors have supported over 400 UROP students.

How It Works

Students can choose to pursue a UROP for pay, academic credit, or on a volunteer basis. MITEI funding covers up to 160 hours of work during the semester and IAP and up to 380 hours of work during the summer.

All MITEI-funded UROPs:

Because the MITEI UROP is sponsored entirely by outside donors, the students we fund have a few special obligations:

Not sure where to start? Talk to us! Send an email to Undergraduate Academic Coordinator Rachel Shulman. We can help you understand your options, guide your search, and introduce you to professors.

Summer UROP

The MITEI Summer UROP is special. Along with a cohort of 20-25 other students you will

Deadlines

IAP 2022: Monday, December 13, 11:59pm ET
Spring 2022: February 15, 2022
Summer 2022 priority deadline: April 19, 2022
Summer 2022 final deadline: May 13, 2022

Apply

Apply

Non-MIT students: Contact the MIT Summer Research Program or the Summer Scholars Program to explore research opportunities on campus.

Application resources and instructions

MITEI UROP funding is separate and distinct from direct funding with the UROP office. Students should always apply to both. To apply for MITEI funding, fill out our application. Note that the MITEI UROP proposal asks for more specific information than the one requested by the UROP Office.

To learn more about how to write the kind of proposal that MITEI is looking for, check out these slides from our recent workshop here. You can also find recent examples of effective MITEI UROP proposals here and here.