The opportunity to get involved in research as an undergrad is one of the most exciting things about being a student at MIT.
The flagship MIT student research program is UROP. When you do a UROP, you find a professor who is working on something that you think is awesome. More than 90% of MIT students participate in the UROP program at MIT. Many of them will be credited as co-authors for peer-reviewed publications, and some even earn patents. Over the past 10 years, our Technology Licensing Office has issued more than 2,000 U.S. patents, and signed more than 1,000 licenses and options to companies, including licenses to over 190 startup companies
Research labs at which you could pursue a UROP include:
- Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT, a $100 million dollar National Cancer Institute designate
- D-Lab, which develops sustainable technologies and solutions for problems in the developing world
- MIT Game Lab, a laboratory that conducts research and develops new approaches for innovative game design
- MIT Nuclear Reactor Laboratory, an interdepartmental center that operates a high performance 6 MW nuclear research reactor (the only one of its kind located on the campus of a major research university)
- EECS even has a SuperUROP program, a year-long intensive research opportunity