Research at MIT
The soul of MIT is research. For more than 150 years, the Institute has married teaching with engineering and scientific studies—and produced an unending stream of advancements, many of them world-changing. Among MIT's historical achievements:
This stream of discovery continues unabated. Here are a few sample accomplishments from this decade:
Undergraduates can plunge directly into this hotbed of exploration through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, which offers students a chance to collaborate on cutting-edge research as the junior colleagues of Institute faculty.
During the academic year, approximately 3,590 researchers (including 580 visiting faculty and scientists) work with MIT faculty and students on projects funded by government, foundations, and industry. Approximately 2,440 graduate students are appointed as research assistants and 580 are appointed as teaching assistants; 1,785 are supported on fellowships.
As an institution, MIT encourages interdisciplinary research across department and school boundaries while focusing on tackling great challenges for society at large. Two examples of such initiatives include the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) and the David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research.
More interdisciplinary teams are found off-campus in nearby Lexington, Massachusetts, at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, a federally funded research and development center focused on national security.