Undergraduate Research Opportunities (UROPs)

You learn by doing, and Undergraduate Research Opportunities are how you do research at CMS/W as an undergrad.

MIT’s Undergraduate Research Opportunities (UROPs) are meant to connect students with faculty research. Arranging one for yourself with CMS/W can take a couple different paths. The most common is to have a great idea, related to CMS/W research or faculty interests, and approach a faculty member directly about his or her becoming your UROP sponsor. The other is to check out the list of available UROPs proposed by faculty—think of them as job openings—and apply.

A UROP can be for pay, for credit, or as a volunteer. Whichever it is, your work and CMS/W’s obligations to you use the same standard: the research done “must be worthy of academic credit”.

UROP proposals are welcome all year long, though there are deadlines.

Current UROP Openings

Project Title: Visual Design and Information Design for a Research Report

Summer 2016

Faculty Supervisor: Federico Casalegno

Project Description: Flex-Contract Information Designer The MIT Mobile Experience Lab is looking for a part-time information designer UROP. This role is explicitly focused on visualizing design research, and making figures and diagrams that are beautiful, clear, and impactful for a report. Hours for the engagement are flexible, with compensation based on experience. The engagement runs through the end of May. This opportunity may also be a starting point for working further as a visual or information designer UROP with the Mobile Experience Lab, either through the summer or otherwise. This position is ideal for you if you are visually oriented, have a passion for communicating conceptual information, and have a strong interest in making rich content easy to understand.

Suggested background: Strong experience in Information Design, Graphic Design, New Media, or professional equivalent.

Suggested knowledge, experience, and technical skills:
– Previous experience visualizing research or developing diagrams.
– Able to translate multi-dimensional information into visual form in order to derive or illustrate conclusions.
– Comfort with relevant software including Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.
– Previous experience developing layout of large report or book is not necessary, but definitely a plus.

URL:Contact: If this sounds like you, please send a CV, portfolio link, and/or letter of introduction via mail to Yao Tong tongyao@mit.edu to have a conversation with us. We are looking forward to hearing from you!

Project Title: Tangible and physical interactions for the hospitality space (prototyping)

Project Description: The MIT Mobile experience lab seeks a part-time UROP or contractor with prototyping skills to work on a cutting edge research project focusing on rethinking consumer loyalty programs for the hospitality industry. The UROP will gain experience with design, rapid prototyping, embedded system implementation and mobile application development. The position can be for pay or for pre-approved academic credit.

Qualifications:
1. Product design and fabrication skills including 3D printing and laser cutting (metal fabrication in machine shops would be a plus)
2. Project experience with Arduino programing (Raspberry Pi/LabVIEW would be a plus, wireless module usage with blue tooth or wifi would also be a plus).
3. Programing with C/C++ and Java (mobile development experience on Android or IOS would be a plus).

Responsibilities:
1. Participate in concept generation and technical feasibility analysis
2. Fabrication of proposed design with rapid prototyping techniques
3. Embedded system implementation
4. Mobile application development

URL: http://mobile.mit.edu

Contact Name: Yao Tong
Contact Email: tongyao@mit.edu

What Do Past UROPs Have to Say About Their Experience with CMS/W?

Christine Yu: past UROP, major in Writing - Digital Media Studies, minor in Biology, and MIT class of 2012

Christine Yu: past UROP, major in Writing – Digital Media Studies, minor in Biology, and MIT class of 2012

My work with the Imagination, Computation, and Expression Lab on Project Mimesis and AIR (Advanced Identity Representation) enhanced my experience as an undergraduate at MIT by allowing me to work directly with graduate students in the CMS department. I had previously UROP’ed for the Biology department, and so transferring over to CMS was quite the change; I found the CMS UROP experience to be more teamwork-based. I also enjoyed the change in scenery of the labs, and it has fostered my interest in the human experience in avatar generation and gaming.I would highly recommend UROP’ing for any undergraduate in fields of interest because it helps an individual to think about post-graduate plans, and it allows them to meet the future professionals of that field. While my post-graduate plans are currently medical school-based, I’ve been asked during interviews about my experience in the ICE Lab, and it’s always very fun to be able to talk about a broad range of my interests. I feel like my experience in the ICE Lab enhances my applications because it allows me to present myself as very personable, instead of just sitting behind a lab bench pipetting all day.