Research and Independent Study MIT undergraduates have the opportunity to work alongside faculty on research or independent study projects. Research projects are conducted through the MIT Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). “UROP offers the chance to work on cutting edge research—whether you join established research projects or pursue your own ideas. As UROPers, undergraduates participate in each phase of standard research activity: developing research plans, writing proposals, conducting research, analyzing data and presenting research results in oral and written form.” Independent study projects are academic and problem-solving in nature, but not necessarily research-related. For example, developing an original financial model or optimizing a supply chain. Both research and independent study projects are done under the guidance of MIT faculty members. What academic disciplines can I find within Course 15? All Sloan faculty are members of one or more academic groups, which focus upon a particular area of study within Course 15. Some Sloan faculty members are also affiliated with one or more research centers - interdisciplinary groups that bring together researchers from a range of fields to solve complex problems. Sloan-affiliated research centers tend to be focused on challenges relating to business and industry.