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.
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 participate in an active careers workshop series and present their work to other energy UROPs in an informal setting or in formal settings with industry sponsors or at conferences (C3E, MIT Energy Night, etc). Additionally, UROPs may gain practical insight by connecting with a sponsoring company or donors through networking opportunities or energy community events.
The Energy UROP is a full-time (40hr/week) summer position, allowing students to have an in-depth research experience. The funding itself is provided by private donors and by members of the MIT Energy Initiative, including Founding Members like BP and Shell, Sustaining Members like Lockheed Martin and Chevron, as well as individual Affiliate Members with a particular interest in supporting undergraduate research. MITEI welcomes new and existing donors and members to sponsor summer Energy UROPs. The Energy UROP application and selection process begins in earnest each February.
Contact Ann Greaney-Williams, MITEI Academic Coordinator, if you are interested in learning more about Energy UROPs. Or, Member Services for more information about sponsoring educational programs at MITEI.
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