SuperUROP offers undergrads a deep dive into real research


The Advanced Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, better known as SuperUROP, is designed for MIT juniors and seniors seeking an advanced research experience working closely with a faculty advisor and producing publication-worthy results. For the 2020-2021 academic year, the yearlong program was also open to students in the School of Engineering and the School of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences (SHASS). Details about the 2020-2021 SuperUROP process will be available in February-March 2020.

For details on the program, visit the main SuperUROP information website. There, you can learn about current and past student projects in areas ranging from artificial intelligence to autonomous vehicles to adaptive flight control, and link to articles, slideshows, and video from previous years.

For more information, please also:

  • Visit the SuperUROP application website early in 2020 to learn more about applying to participate in SuperUROP for 2020-2021 and view the presentation from past SuperUROP information sessions.
  • Visit the MIT News website to read about the December 2019 SuperUROP Showcase poster session featuring more than 100 participants. .

Information sessions for SuperUROP 2020-2021 will be held on:

  • Tuesday, March 3, 2020, from 12-1 p.m. in the Grier Rooms (34-401).
  • Wednesday, March 11, 2020, from 4-5 p.m. in the Grier Room (34-401).

No RSVP required. Refreshments will be served! Can't make an information session? The presentation will be available on the application site after the events and a video will be available later as well.

Other important dates:

  • Early April 2020: Deadline to indicate intent participate in SuperUROP for 2020-2021. Details to come.
  • Late April 2020: Deadline for research proposal for 2020-2021. Students will upload a short proposal (2-3 paragraphs) to the SuperUROP application website. A recommendation or letter of support from the project supervisor is also due by this date.
  • Late June 2020: Announcements on funding of student SuperUROP projects for 2020-2021.

Questions? Contact the SuperUROP team at



A Souped-up UROP. Denzil Sikka writes about her SuperUROP
SuperUROP student (2012-13) Denzil Sikka '13, writes about her experience as a SuperUROP in the first year of the program. Read more in the Technology Review Aug. 21, 2013 article.
A development environment for mobile apps, education, and entrepreneurship
Faculty Advisor: Prof. Hal Abelson Mentor(s): Contact e-mail: Research Area(s): Computer Systems The goal of this project is to build and test an integrated development environment where undergraduates can generate ideas for mobile applications, build prototypes, and refine these to the point where they could be the basis for launching new ventures.
Polymer photonics for biochemical sensing applications
Faculty Advisor: Dirk Englund Mentor(s): Hannah Clevenson Contact e-mail: Research Area(s): Applied Physics, BioEECS, Energy, Materials and Devices, Nanotechnology, Theoretical Computer Science Prerequisites: Strong CAD skills, E&M, Optics, chemistry/biology background Sensing volatile gases and alcoholic vapors is very important in a variety of fields, from law enforcement and national security to industrial and environmental safety.
Modeling and Identification of Multi-Agent Systems with Applications to Smart Grids
Faculty Advisor: Prof Munther Dahleh and Dr. Mardavij Roozbehani Mentor(s): Contact e-mail: Research Area(s): Control, Energy, Signals and Systems, Theoretical Computer Science Understanding how smart appliances or electric vehicles respond to price signals is fundamental for stability and performance of future smart grids.
From Mockup to Web App: Building the Next-Generation Web Template Language
Faculty Advisor: David Karger Mentor(s): Ted Benson Contact e-mail: Research Area(s): Graphics and Human-Computer Interfaces Think web frameworks like Node and Backbone are cool? Then help us develop the future of web templates.
Solar cells with exciton fission
Faculty Advisor: Marc Baldo Mentor(s): Nick Thompson Contact e-mail:, Research Area(s): Applied Physics, Energy, Materials and Devices, Nanotechnology An exciton is an excited state of a molecule. They are important in some solar cells because they mediate the conversion of light into charge.
Fantasy Football
Faculty Advisor: Anantha Chandrakasan and Anette (Peko) Hosoi Mentor(s): Contact e-mail: and Research Area(s): The recent rise and success of analytic strategies in baseball management (popularized by Moneyball and other titles) prompts the question: Can similar strategies be applied to other sports?
Compiler Design for Automated Software Analysis Based on Optimization of Lyapunov Invariants
Faculty Advisor: Mardavij Roozbehani Mentor(s): Contact e-mail: Research Area(s): Computer Systems, Control, Theoretical Computer Science The goal of this project is to automate the process of software verification (i.e., proving that a given computer program does not produce run-time errors) for a limited class of software.
Printable Robots
Faculty Advisor: Daniela Rus Mentor(s): Contact e-mail: Research Area(s): Artificial Intelligence, Circuits, Communications, Computer Systems, Control, Materials and Devices The goal of this project is to build a variety of flexible robotic systems from scratch using planar fabrication techniques.
Importing Machine Learning Techniques to the Database
Faculty Advisor: Una-May O'Reilly Mentor(s): Kalyan Veeramachaneni, Erik Hemberg Contact e-mail: Research Area(s): Artificial Intelligence, Computer Systems Large and continuously growing data repositories require machine learning methods that are able to quickly mine and update their models.
Interactive Data Visualization for Everyone on the Web
Faculty Advisor: David Karger Mentor(s): Contact e-mail: Research Area(s): Graphics and Human-Computer Interfaces Exhibit (Link is an open source Javascript library that helps non-programmers author and publish rich interactive data visualizations on the web.
Development of Graphene-based RF Energy Harvesters on Paper
Faculty Advisor: Tomas Palacios Mentor(s): Lili Yu Contact e-mail: Research Area(s): Materials and Devices In this project, we will use graphene and other two-dimensional materials to demonstrate RF energy harvesting devices on a flexible substrate such as PEN or paper.
Automated Diary Systems
Faculty Advisor: Daniela Rus Mentor(s): Contact e-mail: Research Area(s): Artificial Intelligence, Computer Systems, Graphics and Human-Computer Interfaces Imagine an automatic private diary that records your life.