Energy UROP (Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program)

Applications Due: March 9, 2015


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An Information Session will be held on January 21, 2015 (location TBD).


Yearly summaries of the UROPs, Interns, and their projects:
All downloads are in PDF format.

MITEI works with the MIT Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) to support the participation of undergraduates in energy research and to encourage undergraduate interest in the energy field.  These UROPs are conducted over the summer, and may address any aspect of energy systems and related environmental challenges, such as energy sources and supply (solar, wind, geothermal, nuclear, fossil fuel, etc); conversion, storage and distribution; technology and use (transportations, buildings, etc); policy; efficiency and demand-side management; and campus energy management.

Events and Activities

The MITEI UROP program includes organized networking opportunities for undergraduate students, graduate advisors, and faculty supervisors to connect with other energy researchers on campus. Students also have opportunities to present their work to other energy UROPs in an informal setting, as well as at several other events throughout the year (including the MITEI/Energy Club's Poster Scholars Program). Additionally, UROPs may gain practical insight by connecting with a sponsoring company or donor.

Funding

The Energy UROP is a full-time (40hr/week) summer position, allowing students to have an indepth research experience. The funding itself is provided by private donors and by members of the MIT Energy Initiative, including Founding Members BP and Shell, as well as individual Affiliate Members with a particular interest in supporting undergraduate research.

Application Process

  1. Figure out what fires you up. Some recommended first steps are:
    a) Reviewing the list at the top of this page of past Energy UROPs, to see the wide-range of projects students participated in
    b) See if there is a project opening for related research on the UROP website
    c) Find a professor at MIT who does work on this topic. Try looking through research profiles on your department website or look at MITEI’s Energy Faculty
  2. Reach out to a professor to discuss a possible collaboration. The UROP site has helpful tips and advice to assist you in conversations with faculty
  3. Download the official MITEI UROP form and write your proposal (Note: If your proposal is accepted, you will then be able to submit it to the UROP office without any modification when the time comes)
  4. Submit the filled out form and MITEI UROP proposal to Ann Greaney-Williams, agreaney@mit.edu, no later than March 9, 2015.

Contact Information

Ann Greaney-Williams
Academic Coordinator 
MITEI Education Office 
617-324-7236
agreaney@mit.edu