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.
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