Academics & Research
Academics @ MIT
MIT is one of the best places in the world to be a student.
We are a research university that places a great deal of
In fact, all classes at MIT are taught by distinguished professors because we believe that you should learn from the very best from the moment you step foot on campus. That's why folks like Eric Lander, father of the Human Genome Project, teaches introductory biology.
MIT also has a strong culture of student collaboration. Students are encouraged and expected to work with each other on homework—or
We do this because it's how problems are solved in the real world—by small teams of smart people contributing their individual expertise and understanding. When you graduate from MIT and go to work at a Fortune 500 company or a nonprofit, or as an entrepreneur delivering an elevator pitch, you're going to need to know how to work with others. So that's what you'll do here at MIT.
Research @ MIT
MIT students have unparalleled opportunities to engage in cutting-edge research as undergraduates.
Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program
The flagship MIT student research program is UROP. When you do a UROP, you will find a professor who is working on something that you think is awesome. You and the professor will work on a proposal, and then you will join their team. 90% of undergraduates complete at least one research experience through UROP before they graduate, and most do four or more. Many of them will be credited as co-authors on peer-reviewed publications. Some even earn patents—our Technology Licensing Office has signed 50-75 option and license agreements every year for the past five years.
By the example of their own lives, a crucial part of what our faculty members teach is the "instinct" for first-class research: the disciplined curiosity, the irreverent creativity, the endless ability to persevere. At MIT, those skills and values are as much a part of the atmosphere as oxygen.
Research labs at which you could pursue a UROP include:
- The Center for Civic Media, which develops new technologies that support civic media and activism
The Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, a National Cancer Institute
designate and the hub of cancer research on the MIT campus
- D-Lab, which develops sustainable technologies and solutions for problems in the developing world
- MIT Game Lab, which develops games to demonstrate and conduct research
- MIT's nuclear reactor, which conducts advanced, interdisciplinary research on materials science and radiation therapy
Global Research: MISTI
If you'd like to pursue your research globally, you can undertake a fully-funded internship through the MIT International Science & Technology Initiative (MISTI). Programs are designed to provide real-life work experience in leading companies and labs around the world.