MIT's Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)

For Faculty Supervisors

As a UROP faculty supervisor, mentor, and intellectual guide, you play an important role in a student's UROP experience. You will ensure that your student's project meets your department's academic standards. You are expected to be available to your undergraduate researchers, answer their questions, and treat them with respect and fairness. You are also responsible for seeing that your UROPers meet Institute and departmental safety requirements.

In all cases, an approved UROP project presumes active and regular communication and oversight from MIT faculty supervisors. While most UROP projects occur on-campus, in circumstances where a student is conducting MIT-approved research away from the campus faculty supervisors should be prepared and available to provide regular guidance and oversight through such means as email, phone, and Skype. Note that work at a corporation or other commercial entity, even under the supervision of an MIT faculty member, and even if at a startup, is not eligible for the UROP program.

The information provided in this section is designed to help you in this role and to provide you with important information on safety, travel, advertising opportunities, locating funding resources and more.

Once You Have Found a Student

  1. Decide with the student whether they will be compensated through pay or credit, or research as a volunteer.

  2. Discuss your expectations for the term with them, so that they have a clear understanding of your expectations and project deliverables.

  3. Be sure the student submits the appropriate UROP application, by the given term deadline, along with a student-authored 1-3 page research proposal, clearly stating the project purpose and describing in detail his/her planned research duties.

  4. Review and approve your students' UROP applications online (signed hard-copy coversheets and proposals are also accepted for Wellesley students, etc). See Using the Online UROP System for instructions. By approving your students' UROP application (either online or in print), you are confirming not only your support for the academic content of the proposal, but also acknowledging that no UROP student is allowed to begin work in the lab until all departmental and Institute chemical hygiene and EHS training requirements have been fulfilled. Please communicate the hazards typically encountered in your laboratory as well as project specific hazards to your UROP students before they begin and be sure they complete all requisite training.

  5. Evaluate your student(s) at the end of each term. Feedback can be submitted via your UROP homepage or by email to urop@mit.edu.

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