DMSE UROP - Bureaucratic
UROP is intended to be very flexible and free of bureaucratic and
administrative constraints. However, some procedures are
needed to keep things safe and effective. Following are some steps
you'll need to complete in order to establish a UROP position in the
- When you locate a supervisor and a project (see the the DMSE
UROP page for some hints on doing this), work with the supervisor
is developing a one-page UROP Proposal & Letter of Intent for
- If you have not passed the DMSE
Safety Quiz, you must do so before any laboratory UROP project
can be established.
- Have the supervisor give you the safety briefing for the
laboratory you'll be working in, and sign the briefing form (the
supervisor signs, too). If you won't be in an experimental
laboratory, obtain a memo from the supervisor attesting to this.
You cannot begin your UROP until the DMSE safety requirements are
- Fill out the UROP Proposal & Letter of Intent Cover Sheet
available in the UROP office (Room 20B-140/ Tel: 253-7306/ email:
urop@mit), and have your supervisor sign it. You sign it, too.
- Bring the cover sheet, the proposal itself, and the safety briefing
form to Ms. Nancy Herron in DMSE Headquarters (room 8-309). She
will insure that the form and proposal are complete and that the
safety requirements have been met. The form will then be signed by
Prof. Roylance and either returned to you or mailed to the UROP
Office, as you prefer.
- Submit the signed cover sheet and the proposal to the UROP office.
- If you'll be working for pay, Nancy Herron in Department
Headquarters (8-309) can initiate the paperwork to put you
on the payroll.
- If you'll be working for academic credit, several additional
steps are involved:
- Fill out an Add/Drop form to add the appropriate number of units
for 3UR (pass/fail) or 3URG (grades). Both the UROP Coordinator and
your academic advisor must sign this form.
- An important issue regarding units: The Department is not
at all cavalier about handing out academic credit. If you're planning
on more than about 6 units of 3UR or 3URG, the Department will insist
that you document both the hours worked and their academic merit.
Cleaning up the laboratory or familiarizing yourself with software
packages, for instance, won't pass muster. And twelve units is comparable
to an SB thesis, so the documentation would need to be a thesis-quality
- Obviously, you shouldn't plan on using UROP to pick up quick
units; it's a lot easier just to take a class. But if you really do
want a high-unit UROP, and we don't discourage that, we'll ask you to
write a proposal to the Department Undergraduate Committee explaining
how your project warrants academic credit, and how you plan to