Research Opportunity Program (UROP)
Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) cultivates
and supports research partnerships between MIT undergraduates and
faculty. One of the earliest programs of its kind in the United
States, MIT's UROP invites undergraduates to participate in research
as the junior colleagues of Institute faculty. The late Margaret
L. A. MacVicar, Professor of Physical Science and Dean for Undergraduate
Education, created MIT's UROP In 1969, inspired by Edwin H. Land.
Land, the inventor of instant photography, believed in the power
of learning by doing.
MIT Summer Research Program (MSRP)
MIT Summer Research Program (MSRP) began in 1986 as an institutional
effort to address the issue of underrepresentation of African Americans,
Mexican Americans, Native Americans, and Puerto Ricans in engineering
and science in the United States. Today, this program seeks to identify
talented sophomores and juniors from a broader array of backgrounds
and from around the country who might benefit from spending a summer
on MIT's campus, working in a research laboratory under the guidance
of experienced scientists and engineers, who are MIT faculty members,
postdoctoral fellows, and advanced graduate students. Students who
participate in this program will be better prepared and motivated
to pursue advanced degrees, thereby helping to sustain a rich talent
pool in critical fields of scientific investigation.