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UROP Editorial Hits Mark

Nothing makes those of us connected with the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program happier than to see students out there stirring up support for it. I'm referring, of course, to your eloquent recent editorial ["Senior Gift to UROP is Timely, Laudable," Feb. 28] about the value of the program and its role at the heart of an MIT undergraduate education.

Your reporting about UROP's financial situation this year has been helpful in educating the MIT community. People can help only when it's clear what's needed. Indirect costs are usually an invisible topic for undergraduates. When explanations turn to indirect cost recovery and governmental regulations, most people's eyes glaze over. You've helped make these complexities clearer, and thereby helped lay the groundwork for the senior class's decision.

I speak for all of us associated with UROP: We are extremely grateful to the 1995 Senior Class for establishing support for UROP as the Senior Class Gift. Many future seniors will be equally grateful. Thank you!

Norma McGavern

Director, UROP