UROP Project: Creating a Graphical User Interface for Energy-Economic Model

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UROP Project: Creating a Graphical User Interface for Energy-Economic Model


This is a UROP (Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program) project.

Term: Summer 2019

Project Title: Graphical User Interface and Visualizations for Energy-Economic Model

Project Description:

The MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change combines scientific research with policy analysis to study the interactions among human and Earth systems to explore future climate, energy, food, water, air pollution and other interwoven challenges. Our main modeling tool is the Integrated Global System Modeling (IGSM) Framework, which combines an earth system model with a global energy-economic model.

We are in search on a UROP to create a graphical user interface (UI) for our energy-economic model that will help others access, visualize, understand and dig deeper into our model results. It will allow people to explore different policy scenarios, such as those related to the Paris Agreement. We believe such a UI will be a valuable communication tool for important insights about energy, the economy and policies. In addition, the student will help develop tools for researchers to use to visualize model results in a streamlined, efficient way.

This project is a great opportunity for undergraduate students to gain experience building UIs and improve their coding skills, while also learning about the kind of research we do.

To apply, please email Jennifer Morris (holak@mit.edu) with your current resume and a short message explaining your interest in the project. Hours are flexible, with up to 40 hours per week.


  • Experience with designing user interfaces, or willingness to learn
  • Prior coding experience (familiarity with R is a plus)
  • Background in computer science or data science helpful, but not required

Contact: Jennifer Morris (holak@mit.edu)


Opening announced 5-16-2019

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