Climate & Sustainability Scholars Program
The MCSC’s new Climate & Sustainability Scholars Program enables MIT undergraduates to have a unique, yearlong, interdisciplinary experience developing and implementing climate and sustainability research projects. Inspired by MIT’s successful SuperUROP program, the Climate & Sustainability Scholars Program has three elements: Climate.UAR course, experiential learning opportunities, and mentorship. Students in the program will enroll for a fall-spring sequence in a Climate.UAR course and will be engaged with a complementary research project during that time, which can be on or off campus. Students will also be encouraged to participate in on- or off-campus research or internships related to the MCSC during the summer. Learn more below; the program is open to rising juniors and seniors from all departments and all majors.
“The diverse range of people talking about their own fields has allowed me to make connections between all my classes."
The program is available during your junior and senior year to ensure students have enough coursework before they embark on it; students will dive into quantitative methods, so having background knowledge is important to your success in the program.
Taking climate and sustainability-related courses, engaging with a climate and sustainability UROP, and participating in climate and sustainability experiential learning opportunities will prepare you well. You will also be well prepared by engaging deeply in your own discipline and looking for ways to apply that discipline to climate and sustainability topics. All disciplines are needed for this work!
Any MIT undergraduate, entering their junior or senior year, who is interested in research and climate and sustainability would likely be an excellent fit!
Yes, Climate & Sustainability Scholars can engage in UROPs that involve MCSC member companies. The MCSC’s focus areas were established directly with the member companies, so there are many avenues and directions a student can take and still have the opportunity to partner with a company.
First, why not do this program?! In all seriousness, this is an excellent opportunity to dive into topics you’re passionate about, strengthen your interdisciplinary research skills, and build your climate and sustainability network.
The Climate & Sustainability Scholars program faculty and staff will work each student admitted into the program to identify a suitable project. If you are already involved in a research project that you think would be a good fit, please let us know either in the application or after you’ve been admitted to the program! We’d love to help you continue to deepen your research work, if it also matches up with the learning goals of the program.
$25/hour for up to 10 hours per week of research during the fall and spring terms.
Because this is the second year of the program, we don’t know how much interest there will be. We anticipate having approximately 20 students in the class.
Climate.UAR is cross listed as 1.UAR/3.UAR/5.UAR/11.UAR/12.UAR/15.UAR/22.UAR
The structure of the Climate and Sustainability Scholars program is inspired by the incredibly successful Course 6 SuperUROP program. Both programs are distinct from one another, but both have a yearlong class and yearlong advanced research project.
We are in ongoing conversations with many units across MIT and in every School! Our current collaborations are in Courses 1, 3, 5, 12, 15, and 22. If you are interested in a department, lab, or center that’s not listed, please reach out! We will also update this webpage regularly as additional collaborations take shape!
This is a different program than NEET, but if you are involved with NEET we can explore linking a UROP project between the two programs.
This is a different program than 5.39, but if you are involved with 5.39 and have interest in the C&S Scholars program, we can explore linking a UROP project between the two programs.