Off-Campus UROP (within the U.S.)
This section is for students who plan on conducting MIT research away from campus, within the U.S. If your UROP work will take you overseas, please review the information provided under International Research Opportunities (IROP).
Most UROP projects are conducted on-campus at MIT. However, on occasion your UROP research may take you off-campus. If your UROP will take place away from MIT, it should fall into one of the following categories:
Research at an MIT-affiliated site
Several UROP research sites have a professional or educational affiliation with MIT. Examples include: Lincoln Laboratories, the Broad Institute, the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and area hospitals connected to MIT through Health Sciences and Technology (HST) and other programs. Students receive direct supervision from MIT-affiliated UROP supervisors.
Some UROP projects requiring conducting a certain amount of "fieldwork," which can take you out of the state, and in some cases, out of the country. Projects that involve travel must be connected to research affiliated with MIT, and have the endorsement of an approved MIT UROP supervisor. In addition, you should receive daily supervision from an MIT affiliate associated with the project, such as a faculty member, post-doctoral associate, or staff member.
NOTE: research positions (including internships) at facilities with no formal connection to MIT and which lack daily supervision by an MIT staff member or MIT affiliate cannot be registered as a UROP project.
Work Related Safety
- Please speak with your PI/Supervisor about the associated hazards you might encounter in the scope of your project
- All institutions have Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) training requirements no matter your location. You should receive pertinent training either here at MIT or your host institution. See the MIT EHS website for details on safety training.
Links and Resources
- MIT's Travel Risk Policy provides information on travel risk policies, current travel advisories for specific high-risk destinations, and related travel forms.
- UROP Staff: Contact us with any concerns and questions about undergraduate research travel.
- Campus Police: available 24 hours.
International Students and UROP Travel
If you are an international student and your project is taking place off-campus, you must inform the International Students Office (ISO) before accepting the UROP position. The ISO is located in Room 5-133 and ISO staff can be reached at (617) 253-3795 or by email to email@example.com. For more information, visit the ISO website.