Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE SPRING 2017 UROP AWARDEES

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) provides undergraduate students and faculty members the opportunity to work together on research or creative projects.

UROP provides assistantships up to $1,200 for students who assist with a faculty member’s research or creative project, or who carryout a project of their own under the supervision of a faculty member. Students may apply for an assistantship any semester, and may be eligible for a one-semester renewal. UROP awardees are hired by the Office of Undergraduate Research and are paid $10/hour for up to 120 hours of work during the semester.

SUMMER 2017 Deadlines
March 24 – Student Application Due
March 31 – Faculty Mentor Reference Due

FALL 2017 Deadlines

June 30 – Student Application Due
July 7 – Faculty Reference Due

Application Instructions                                                              Current UROP Students

Who is eligible to participate in UROP?

  • Applicants must have an established relationship with a faculty research mentor at the time of application. Visit our Getting Started page for information on finding a faculty mentor.
  • Undergraduate students who are matriculated and degree seeking at the University of Utah, not on academic probation, disciplinary probation, or suspension.
  • Applicants must be attending the University of Utah full-time (at least 12 credit hours) during the award semester (the summer registration requirement is waived for students who are registered full-time in the previous Spring and following Fall semesters).
  • Applicants must be eligible for University employment. If ineligible for University employment, students may still participate in the program but cannot be compensated for their work. Please contact Rachel Hayes-Harb (r.hayes-harb@utah.edu) for more information on this option.
  • Faculty mentors must be current University of Utah faculty members (position title must include ‘professor’).
  • A student may be awarded a maximum of two semesters of UROP funding (1 new semester + 1 renewal semester).
  • We are delighted to be able to award a number of special UROP awards due to generous donations.

What are the UROP award criteria?

UROP proposals are evaluated by faculty reviewers. Reviewers are asked to evaluate proposals using the following criteria:

  • Project quality: Overall quality of the proposed research or creative work; effective written presentation of the project
  • Plan and timeline: Specific activities to be undertaken; concrete, realistic timeline for completion of the work
  • Suitability of the mentoring relationship: Relationship of the proposed work to the expertise of the faculty mentor; familiarity of the faculty mentor with the student and his/her skills and goals; impact of the proposed mentoring activities
  • Impact on the student’s education: Potential of the UROP experience to substantially enhance the student’s ability to meet educational and/or professional goals
  • Overall assessment of the student/proposal by the faculty mentor

What is expected of UROP students and faculty mentors?

Students (new and renewal) are expected to:

  • Attend mandatory UROP orientation at the beginning of the award semester.
  • Attend a minimum of TWO events in our Undergraduate Research Education Series during the award semester. Your attendance will be verified by a sign-in sheet at the event.  If you are unable to attend two events, you must notify Stephanie Shiver by March 1, 2017 to make other arrangements.
  • Complete a UROP Final Report by the end of the award semester.
  • Present your research at the Undergraduate Research Symposium, the Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research, or the National Conference on Undergraduate Research; OR at a national/international professional conference in the discipline (must be pre-approved by the Office of Undergraduate Research) within three semesters following the initial UROP award semester. See below for more details about the presentation requirement.
  • Read and respond to correspondence from the OUR in a timely manner.
  • Conduct the research project under the supervision of the faculty mentor and as proposed in the application–substantial deviations must be discussed with the OUR right away.
  • Obtain and maintain certifications as needed for, e.g.,  Human Subject Research, Animal Research, Laboratory and other Environmental Health, HIPAA, etc.
  • Acknowledge support from the University of Utah Office of Undergraduate Research in the dissemination of the research. We suggest the following: This work was supported by funding from the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program at the University of Utah awarded to [student’s name]. Please use  this logo.
  • Be familiar with and follow the University of Utah’s policies on academic conduct.  Group projects are permitted, but each student must write their own proposal-plagiarism will result in the disqualification of all involved proposals and possible further action per the student code.  For more information on academic conduct at the University of Utah, see http://www.sa.utha.edu/code/.
  • Failure to meet these expectations will result in a forfeiture of the award, expulsion from UROP, and future ineligibility for UROP funding, Small Grants, Travel Grants, and the URSD. Students who have lost eligibility should contact the Office of Undergraduate Research for further information.

Faculty mentors are expected to:

  • Support the student in preparing the UROP proposal – the proposal must be written by the student.
  • Mentor the student in conducting the proposed research. Faculty mentors are asked to detail at least three specific mentoring activities/strategies for the semester in the faculty mentor reference.
  • Review and approve the student’s timecards as the pay is earned.
  • Ensure that the student is appropriately certified as needed for, e.g.,  Human Subject Research, Animal Research, Laboratory and other Environmental Health, HIPAA, etc.
  • Support and reinforce OUR policies with respect to the UROP award, including deadlines, the requirement that students present their work, and the end-of-semester final report.
  • Acknowledge support from the University of Utah Office of Undergraduate Research in the dissemination of the research. We suggest the following: This work was supported by funding from the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program at the University of Utah awarded to [student’s name]. Please use  this logo.
  • Serve as a reviewer for the OUR and/or moderate at the Undergraduate Research Symposium as needed.

UROP Presentation Requirement

The UROP presentation requirement can be met by presenting the UROP research at either

  1. The Undergraduate Research Symposium, the Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research, or the National Conference on Undergraduate Research; OR
  2. An approved national/international professional conference in the discipline (must be pre-approved by the Office of Undergraduate Research).

The presentation requirement promotes one of two kinds of experiences for the student. The national/international professional conference option encourages deep field-specific conversations and professional development/networking with scholars from across the discipline. The URS/UCUR/NCUR option encourages an open exchange and dissemination of ideas between fields in addition to communication to a broad public audience.  Both experiences are important to undergraduate student researchers, and either can count for the purposes of the UROP presentation requirement.