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To Save UROP, Action Must Be Taken

The Tech's editorial of Feb. 22, 1994, raises some very important issues in regards to undergraduate research and drives home the crucial point. The MIT administration has done everything in its power with regards to the federal government to save UROP. It is now time for the rest of the community to assume some of the responsibility for dealing with Washington.

The UA Council recently hosted a forum on the plight of UROP as an effort to spark undergraduate interest. I would like to take this opportunity to tell the community about the second part of the plan: contacting individual congressmen and senators to lobby them on UROP's behalf. To facilitate this effort the UA has placed all of the names of the members of Congress in its techinfo folder which can be accessed through the following methods: from Athena,

1. add techinfo

2. techinfo

3. 2 -- Offices Around MIT

4. 36 -- Undergraduate Association

5. UA Council

6. Instructions on how to write your letter and various addresses

These instructions will also be posted on the UA bulletin board in Lobby 7.

It is imperative that members of the MIT community, particularly undergraduates, write their representatives and let them know how cuts in UROP will drastically affect the quality of an MIT education. The Clinton administration claims to be pro-technology and pro-education; we must show them how helping UROP helps them in that mission. I want to strongly encourage undergraduates to contact us to find out more. We are eager to coordinate undergraduate efforts and would be happy to help with any questions that arise. I also ask that anyone interested in joining this effort in a more substantive way contact the UA.

As The Tech said, this must be a concerted effort by the entire MIT community, not just the administration or the UA government. The only way that this can succeed is if many students take the time out of their schedules to write their congressmen.

Hans C. Godfrey '93

Undergraduate Association President