First Year Experience News - 2014

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  • This summer UROP staff offered a new Freshman Pre-Orientation Program (FPOP), Discover UROP. The four-day FPOP was created to help expose freshmen to key aspects of undergraduate research at MIT. The program’s goal is to help introduce freshmen to research early in their undergraduate careers, and provide them with the tools and knowledge needed to thrive in rewarding UROP experiences throughout their undergraduate years.

  • 2014 orientationNavigating MIT for the first time can feel like stepping into a new arena – you don’t know what challenges will present themselves. This year’s Orientation program used a “Hunger Games” theme to welcome 1,040 first-year students to MIT and show them that by working together, they can truly succeed here.

    Leading up to Orientation, 524 eager first-year students arrived early on campus to participate in one of the 23 Freshman Pre-Orientation Programs (FPOPS). Students were able to explore programs in 19 academic disciplines as well as leadership, the arts, service initiatives, and the outdoors. This year, UAAP launched a new UROP FPOP, led by Melissa Martin-Greene and Sara Nelson. During the program, 20 first-year students were able to tour many of the Institute’s research labs, engage with faculty in panels and roundtable discussions, and learn strategies for finding and carrying out successful research collaborations.

    With 86 enthusiastic Orientation Leaders guiding the way, Orientation 2014 started on Sunday, August 24, with some fun and games...