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Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)

by Amanda Stoll

Nov. 10, 2016

 MIT (and Wellesley) undergrad students can work for credit, pay or as volunteers. 

You can learn more about policies and deadlines on the UROP website. The Media Lab is one of the largest employers of UROPs at MIT, with approximately 150 students working each semester.

To learn more about UROP openings, go to the UROP posting pageUROP students must submit their proposals via the UROP website

Fall 2017

  • UROP Direct Funding: Thursday, September 21, 2017
  • Supervisor/Sponsored Research Funding: Thursday, November 2, 2017
  • Credit and Volunteer Thursday, November 2, 2017. To receive credit, you MUST ALSO REGISTER your credit with the Registrar's Office via Add form no later than Drop Date, Wednesday, November 22, 2017.

IAP 2018

  • Supervisor/Sponsored Research Funding: Thursday, January 18, 2018
  • Credit and Volunteer: Thursday, January 18, 2018. To receive credit, you MUST ALSO REGISTER your credit with the Registrar's Office via Add form no later than the last day of IAP classes - Friday, February 2, 2018.
  • Note: UROP Direct Funding is NOT available during IAP


FAQ for incoming UROPs

  1. If I'm interested in a UROP position at the Media Lab, what should I do?
  2. How do UROPs get paid?
  3. How much do UROPs get paid?
  4. How do I fill out the UROP forms?
  1. If I'm interested in a UROP position at the Media Lab, what should I do?

    Look at the available postings and email the correct contact.  You can also email faculty or students directly to ask if there are any opportunities available. As a reminder, this opportunity is only available to MIT and Wellesley undergraduates.

  2. How do UROPs get paid?

    It is the UROP student's  responsibility to enter their hours every week into the time sheet found in the Atlas online timesheet site. Approved students will receive very specific instructions directly from MAS via email. During the fall and spring UROPs are eligible to work 20 hours a week. During IAP and summer UROPs are eligible to work 40 hours a week.

  3. How much do UROPs get paid?

    The UROP office pays $11.50/hour to direct-funded students.

    For sponsored funding:

    First Year students $11.50/hour

    Second Year students $12/hour

    Third Year students $13/hour

    Fourth Year students $14/hour

  4. How do I fill out the UROP forms?

    Go to the UROP website and enter your proposal before the deadline.  MAS requires that you list a direct supervisor in addition to the faculty supervisor.  If your faculty supervisor has academic appointments in more than one department, make sure you choose Media Arts and Sciences.

    Credit UROPs: make sure you sign up for MAS.URG or MAS.UR

    Sponsored UROPs: use 1234567 for the account number and MAS will assign the appropriate account number during departmental approval

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