Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)

by Amanda Stoll

Nov. 10, 2016

 MIT (and Wellesley) undergrad students can work for credit, pay, or as volunteers. 

You can learn more about policies and deadlines on the UROP website. The Media Lab is one of the largest employers of UROPs at MIT, with approximately 150 students working each semester.

To see current UROP openings please visit the new ELx website. UROP students must then submit their proposals via the UROP website for approval.

Summer 2023 UROP Deadlines:

Students must submit online UROP applications to faculty supervisors for review no later than 11:59pm (EDT) on the deadline dates listed below.​ 

  • Summer 2023 pay period:  June  5 – September  4, 2023
  • Summer UROP Direct Funding:  April 18, 2023
  • Summer UROP Cross-Registration Deadline Wellesley Students: June 5, 2023
  • MAS/ML & Supervisor/Sponsored Research Funding:  June 27, 2023
  • Credit and Volunteer:  June 27, 2023 
  • To receive credit, students must register with the Registrar's Office.
  • Note: Graduating seniors must end their spring UROPs before Commencement.

  • Note: Wellesley students must also heed the cross-registration deadline for each term and follow the instructions that apply specifically for cross-registered students. In addition, Wellesley students must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 to access MIT's campus.

FAQ for incoming UROPs

  1. If I'm interested in a UROP position at the Media Lab, what should I do?
  2. How do UROPs get paid?
  3. How much do UROPs get paid?
  4. How do I fill out the UROP forms?
  5. Who should I contact if I have any issues during my UROP?
  1. If I'm interested in a UROP position at the Media Lab, what should I do?

    Look at the available postings and email the correct contact.  You can also email faculty or students directly to ask if there are any opportunities available. As a reminder, this opportunity is only available to MIT and Wellesley undergraduates.

  2. How do UROPs get paid?

    It is the UROP student's  responsibility to enter their hours every week into the Atlas online timesheet system and send an email with their hours to the timesheet approver  with a cc to their supervisors. Approved students will receive very specific instructions directly from MAS via email. During the fall and spring UROPs are eligible to work 20 hours a week. During IAP and summer UROPs are eligible to work 40 hours a week.

  3. How much do UROPs get paid?

    The UROP office pays $15/hour to direct-funded students.

    For sponsored funding:

    First Year students $15/hour

    Second Year students $15.25/hour

    Third Year students $15.50/hour

    Fourth Year students $16/hour

    [Rates effective Fall term  2022]

  4. How do I fill out the UROP forms?

    Go to the UROP website and enter your proposal before the deadline.  MAS requires that you list a direct supervisor in addition to the faculty supervisor.  If your faculty supervisor has academic appointments in more than one department, make sure you choose Media Arts and Sciences.

    Credit UROPs: Make sure you sign up for MAS.URG or MAS.UR

    MAS Sponsored UROPs: Use 1234567 for the account number and MAS will assign the appropriate account number during departmental approval.

  5. Who should I contact if I have any issues during my UROP?

    Please reach out to the following MAS contacts depending on the issue:

    - Payroll & general questions: Rebecca Cuscaden Marvin (

    - Project & supervisor concerns: Mahy El-Kouedi (

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