SuperUROP Undergrad Research Program Goes Engineering-wide

Published in MIT News by Kathryn M. O’Neill, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Ian A. Waitz, dean of the School of Engineering, officially welcomed 183 students into the 2015-2016 SuperUROP class on Thursday, Sept. 30, at a Stata Center reception for participants in the program, which has more than doubled in size since its 2012 launch within the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS).

Opened for the first time this year to students throughout the School of Engineering, the Advanced Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program — commonly known as SuperUROP — is a yearlong independent research program that builds on the success of MIT’s Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). SuperUROP’s additional goals include requiring students to take a two-term course on undergraduate research and to produce prototypes or publication-worthy results.

“SuperUROP is a great opportunity to go into depth on a topic over a year and have some structure,” Waitz told this year’s new SuperUROP students. “I hope you have fun with it — I know the people before you did.”

Waitz, the Jerome C. Hunsaker Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, said the School of Engineering provided support for the program’s expansion this year because the numbers of students participating through EECS showed a high level of interest...