Undergraduate Research

MITEI funds UROPs year-round

Credit: 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

What is the MITEI UROP?

The MITEI Education Office encourages all MIT undergrads interested in energy-related topics, regardless of department, to apply. While some positions might ask for previous experience, many do not.

MITEI UROPs are funded by a variety of donors, including individuals and MITEI’s member companies.

Why UROP with MITEI?

The MIT Energy Initiative supports undergraduate research during the summer, IAP, and the school year. MITEI UROPs benefit from:

There are also several additional benefits to having a MITEI UROP during the summer:

Students can also choose to do an energy-related UROP for academic credit, which counts as an elective in the Energy Studies Minor. Students working on energy-related projects without MITEI funding are encouraged to connect with MITEI and are invited to join all MITEI-sponsored events.

What are my responsibilities?

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

* Summer UROPs only

How do I find an energy-related UROP?

How do I apply?

The MITEI Education Office accepts applications on a rolling basis every term up to a week before the UROP Office deadlines. We encourage students to apply as soon as possible. Please send the MITEI UROP Application to Rachel Shulman, MITEI Academic Coordinator, by the following deadlines:

IAP: Thursday, January 11, 2018
Spring: Thursday, March 8, 2018
Summer: Thursday, June 21, 2018

All questions can be directed to Rachel Shulman, MITEI Undergraduate Academic Coordinator,, 617-324-7236.

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