MICRO—The Materials Initiative for Comprehensive Research Opportunity—is an online research and education program for minoritized undergraduate students that aims to provide more equitable access to research and education in the field of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE).  The MICRO program centers on a combination of online courses and online research experiences that aim to help participants

  1. Acquire key MSE knowledge that will allow them to effectively participate in a research project,
  2. Contribute meaningfully to a research project in a specific MSE discipline and
  3. Develop key research skills such as critical thinking and writing, and scientific discussion through engagement with an inclusive online community.

​MICRO participants will be paired with a lab in MIT's Department of Materials Science and Engineering and will conduct meaningful remote research under the direct supervision of a graduate student. Additionally, participants will be introduced to the fundamentals of the MSE discipline through online lectures and discussions. Participants will be awarded a $3000 stipend as compensation for their time and research.