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.


Deadline for Spring 2021: February 25, 2021

New extended deadline for Summer 2021 Round 1: Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 11:59pm ET
This deadline was extended to be in line with the UROP Office’s extended deadline.

Deadline for Summer 2021 Round 2: May 16, 2021 at 11:59pm ET

Funds are no longer available for Summer 2021.


Apply for MITEI Funding

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