6.UAR Subject Information and Policies


Instruction in effective undergraduate research, including choosing and developing a research topic, surveying previous work and publications, research topics in EECS, industry best practices, design for robustness, technical presentation, authorship and collaboration, and ethics. Students engage in extensive written and oral communication exercises, in the context of an approved advanced research project. A total of 12 units of credit is awarded for completion of the Fall and subsequent Spring term offerings. Application required; consult EECS SuperUROP website for more information.

Prerequisite: 6.UR or permission of instructor
Units: 2-0-4
Lectures and Recitations: Thursdays, 4-5pm (see Calendar tab)
Lectures: room 32-123
Recitations: rooms 34-301, 34-302, 34-303, 34-304, 35-310


Name Role Office email at mit.edu
Dennis M. Freeman Co-Lecturer 36-889 freeman
Dirk Englund Co-Lecturer 36-591 englund
Rabia Yazicigil Instructor 38-107 rty
Neerja Aggarwal T.A. neerja
Tally Portnoi T.A. tportnoi
Brian Wheatman T.A. wheatman
Fernando Yordan T.A. fyordan
Jessie Stickgold-Sarah Communication Instructor E18-240D jmss
Rodger LeGrand Communication Instructor E18-240 legrand
Linda Sutliff Communication Instructor E18-228D lsutliff
Mary Caulfield Communication Instructor E18-240B mcaulf
Robert Calton Communication Instructor E18-240 rcalton
Ted Equi Industry Coordinator
Jarina Shrestha EECS Fiscal Officer

6.UAR Grade

The SuperUROP program is a year-long undergraduate research program with an associated year-long seminar series (6.UAR). To receive credit for 6.UAR, you must Exceptions to these requirements can only be granted by one of the co-lecturers, and must be supported by Student Support Services (S^3) or a Medical Official.

Assuming that you complete the requirements outlined above, your grade in 6.UAR will be computed from the weighted average of the following component grades:

40%   Major Written Assignment (Fall: Detailed Proposal; Spring: Final Written Report)
40%   Major Presentation (Fall: Proposal Pitch Presentation; Spring: Poster Presentation)
20%   Homework, In-Class Assignments, Participation, and Other Factors

You will be assigned a temporary grade (J for satisfactory or U for unsatisfactory) at the end of the Fall term. The temporary grade will be replaced at the end of the Spring term by a single letter grade that applies to both semesters of 6.UAR.

Due Dates and Lateness Penalties

Due dates are firm, and grades for late assignments will automatically be multiplied by a lateness factor that tapers linearly from 1 to 1/2 over a five-day period. Thus the maximum grade is 90% if late by 1 day, 80% if late by 2 days, and so forth. If 5 or more days late, the maximum grade is 50%.

Extensions to due dates can only be granted by one of the co-lecturers, and must be supported by Student Support Services (S^3) or a Medical Official.


Lectures will be held every other Thursday in 32-123 starting on Sep 7th, 2017. All lectures will led by Prof Freeman and Prof Englund. Guest speakers have been invited to give seminar talks on their research. Students are expected to attend all lectures. Each lecture will have an in-class assignment that is due during the lecture and will be completed by a small team of students (2-3 per group). Only students present for the entirety of the class are allowed to participate in this assignment.


Recitations will be held every other Thursday alternating with lecture, beginning on Sep 14th, 2017. These classes will prepare you for the major deliverables of the course, the proposal and the presentation. In-class activities will help you think conceptually about your research, develop understanding of audience and genre, and learn to identify key rhetorical moves and their use within your field. You will be assigned to recitation sections based on your field of study and must attend the section you are assigned to. Recitation attendance is required.


Students are required to complete two TA check-ins. This is a short 10-15 min one-on-one meeting with their Recitation TA to follow up on their progress on their SuperUROP project. Students should come prepared with their electronic notebook to facilitate the discussion. Check-in # 1 will be held during the weeks of Sep 21st and Sep 28th and must be completed by Oct 2nd.Students will be expected to have met with their research supervisor (not just the graduate student or postdoc) and discussed their specific research project. Check in # 2 will be held during the weeks of Nov 9th and Nov 16th and must be completed by Nov 20th. By the second TA check in, students will have made progress on the technical approach in their project and have some kind of preliminary result. A sign up sheet will be sent to schedule check-ins.

In-Class Lecture Assignments

Students will be required to complete short in-class assignments during lectures relating to the presentation. These assignments are done in small groups and should only be completed by the students present.

Collaboration Policy

We encourage students to discuss assignments in this subject with other students and with the teaching staff. However, when you submit an assignment under your name, we assume that you are certifying that the details are entirely your own work and that you played at least a substantial role in the conception stage.

You should not use results from other students (from this year or from previous years) in preparing your solutions. You should not take credit for computer code or graphics that were generated by other students. Students should never share their assignments with other students.

Any student caught plagiarizing will receive a grade of zero on the assignment. All incidents of plagiarism will be reported to the Committee on Discipline (COD). More information about what constitutes plagiarism can be found at http://web.mit.edu/academicintegrity/


You will receive 6 units of credit for 6.UAP in the Fall 2017 semester and an additional 6 units in the Spring 2018 semester. At the end of the fall semester, a grade of J or U will appear on your transcript to indicate satisfactory or unsatisfactory progress to date. After the completion of both semesters, you will receive a final grade of A, B, C, D, or F that is based on your performance during both semesters. That final grade will then be applied to both semesters (i.e., it will replace the J or U in the fall term, provided you finish the spring semester).

If You Drop This Class

Please remember this is a YEAR-LONG commitment. If a student wishes to drop this class at any point, they MUST IMMEDIATELY EMAIL 6uar-staff@mit.edu AND jarina@mit.edu .

SuperUROP Project Advice

Research projects take time and investment. Students are expected to spend TEN HOURS every week working on their SuperUROP projects. This is IN ADDITION to the time they spend on 6.UAR class and associated deliverables (e.g., poster, proposal, etc.). Research requires focus and progress isnt always immediate. It is very easy to be consumed by other urgent matters such as other classes and problem sets. Therefore, it is important to treat your research project as a priority and carve out time to work on it. Advice from a previous SuperUROP student and one of the TAs in this class: carve out large blocks of time (ex: two 5-hour sessions) in your weekly schedule to work exclusively on your research project.

Additionally, it is important to start early and meet with your supervisor on a regular basis. Set expectations for yourself and communicate them clearly to your supervisor at the beginning of the semester. Establish weekly check-ins with your supervisor to share your progress and ask questions. We will be looking for weekly updates in your electronic lab notebooks.

SuperUROP Funding/Credit Models

There are three funding models: Note: you cannot double-dip: you cannot receive funding while also being paid as a graduate research assistant (RA) or graduate teaching assistant (TA).

Payment Process for UG R&I Scholar, AY 2017-2018

As an UG R&I Scholar (SuperUROP), you are expected to work approximately 10 hours per week on your research and will be paid at $25 per hour, up to a maximum of $3,000.00 per academic term (less tax as applicable).

Process in Submitting time cards:

Department payroll coordinators & Time sheets drop off location for each department: