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. Here are a few sample accomplishments from this decade:
Undergraduates can plunge directly into this world 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 3,750 researchers (including 574 visiting faculty and scientists) work with MIT faculty and students on projects funded by government, foundations, and industry. Approximately 2,550 graduate students are primarily supported as research assistants and 610 are appointed as teaching assistants; 1,675 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.