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2020-2021 UROP Awards

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) selected four research supervisors as this year’s recipients of the Outstanding UROP Mentor Awards, and five UROP students for Outstanding UROP Student Awards.

Outstanding UROP Mentor Awards

UROP received a high volume of excellent nominations from UROP students. Given the exceptional mentorship outlined in the nominations, particularly in this challenging year, UROP staff selected two MIT faculty members and two graduate students for this year’s award.

Outstanding UROP Faculty Supervisors

  • Professor Susan Solomon, Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences Lee and Geraldine Martin Professor of Environmental Studies
  • Professor Michael Short, Nuclear Science and Engineering, Class of ’42 Associate Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering

Outstanding UROP Graduate Student Supervisors

  • Crystal Lee, Science, Technology + Society PhD Student in the Visualization Group, CSAIL
  • Ferran Alet, Electrical Engineering + Computer Science PhD Student in the Machine Learning and Robotics Group, CSAIL

Outstanding UROP Mentor Award Recipients (From left to right): Prof. Susan Solomon, Prof. Michael Short, Crystal Lee, and Ferran Alet. Photos courtesy of recipients.

Outstanding UROP Student Awards


Outstanding UROP Student Award Recipients (clockwise from top left): Vaishnavi Addala, Zoë Marschner, Osvy Rodriguez, Alison Fang, and Agata Bikovtseva. Photos courtesy of recipients.

UROP staff also selected recipients for the inaugural Outstanding UROP Student Awards, which recognize students for exceptional contributions as undergraduate researchers. Recipients were selected from nominations submitted by UROP supervisors and mentors.

Outstanding UROP Student, First-Year Undergraduate Researcher

  • Vaishnavi Addala ’24, Electrical Engineering + Computer Science UROP in Mechanical Engineering

Outstanding UROP Student, School of Engineering

  • Zoë Marschner ’23, Electrical Engineering + Computer Science, UROP in CSAIL

Outstanding UROP Student, School of Architecture + Planning

  • Osvy Rodriguez ’21, Electrical Engineering + Computer Science, UROP in the Media Lab

Outstanding UROP Student, School of Humanities, Arts, + Social Sciences

  • Alison Fang ’23, Mathematics, UROP in Comparative Media Studies

Outstanding UROP Student, School of Science

  • Agata Bikovtseva ’21, Chemistry, UROP in Chemistry

Congratulations to this year’s UROP Award recipients and thank you to all those who submitted nominations!

— Sara Nelson, UROP