The MIT Climate and Sustainability Consortium (MCSC)’s new Undergraduate Climate Scholars Program (UCSP), launching in 2022, will enable MIT undergraduates to have a unique, year-long, interdisciplinary experience developing and implementing climate and sustainability research projects. Inspired by MIT’s successful SuperUROP program, the UCSP has three elements: Climate.UAR course, experiential learning opportunities, and mentorship. UCSP students will enroll for a spring-fall 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. Learn more below; applications are open to juniors. If you are interested, please apply!

The timeline below highlights the main component(s) of the program happening during each semester.

The course will be cross-listed in departments across all five schools and will be taught by an experienced and interdisciplinary team. The spring semester will include lectures on key topics in climate change science, decarbonization strategies, policy, environmental justice, and quantitative methods for evaluating social and environmental impacts. Students will simultaneously develop project proposals, participate in a UROP, and communicate their work using written and oral media.

The fall semester will build off the experiences gained during the spring and summer with the goal of conducting further research on climate and sustainability topics and developing proposals for entrepreneurial or policy activities that would enable the research outcomes to be rapidly scaled for impact. There will be a showcase at the end of the year where students will have the opportunity to present posters highlighting the work that they have done throughout the year.

Parallel to the Climate.UAR course activities will be experiential learning opportunities. In the spring, this will consist of a UROP at MIT with a connection to industrial partners via MCSC activities. During the summer students will be strongly encouraged to participate in research at MIT on climate and sustainability topics, internships with MCSC industry members, and other ventures with links to sustainability. In the fall students will complete another UROP, preferably one linked to their summer or spring research topics.

UCSP participants will engage with mentors drawn from MCSC affiliated faculty, postdoctoral Impact Fellows, and graduate students. There will also be opportunities for interaction with representatives of MCSC member companies.

The MCSC Undergraduate Climate Scholars Program course is representative of MIT’s ambitious and bold initiatives on climate and sustainability. It brings together faculty and students across the Institute to collaborate with industry on developing climate and sustainability solutions in the context of undergraduate education and research.

Applications are now open to MIT juniors. To apply to the UCSP, please click here.