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 page. UROP students must submit their proposals via the UROP website

Fall 2020 Deadlines:

  • UROP Direct Funding (Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors): Sept 15, 2020
  • MAS/ML Sponsored Funding: Sept 15, 2020
  • UROP Direct Funding (First Years Only): Oct 1, 2020
  • Supervisor/Sponsored Research Funding (non-ML): Oct 22, 2020
  • Credit and Volunteer: Oct 22, 2020 [To receive credit, students must be registered for the Fall term and pay applicable tuition.]

Fall 2020 pay period: Tuesday, September 1, 2020 - Thursday, December 31, 2020

These are firm deadlines set by the UROP office. 

Note: Wellesley students must also heed the cross-registration deadline for each term and follow the instructions that apply specifically for cross-registered students.


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 Atlas online timesheet system and send an email with their hours to the timesheet approver  with a cc to their supervisors. 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 $13/hour to direct-funded students.

    For sponsored funding:

    First Year students $13/hour

    Second Year students $13.50/hour

    Third Year students $14/hour

    Fourth Year students $15.50/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

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

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