Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)

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

UROP provides funding up to $1,500 (as of Spring 2019) and educational programming for students who assist with a faculty member’s research or creative project or who carry out a project of their own under the supervision of a faculty member. Students may apply for UROP any semester and may be eligible for a one-semester renewal. UROP awardees are hired as temporary, part-time employees by the Office of Undergraduate Research and are paid $12.50 per hour for up to 120 hours of work during the semester (as of Spring 2019).

Congratulations to our
Fall 2018 UROP Scholars!

SPRING 2019 Deadlines

Friday, November 2: Student Application Due
Friday, November 9: Mentor Reference Due

SUMMER 2019 Deadlines

Friday, March 22: Student Application Due
Friday, March 29: Mentor Reference Due

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must have an established relationship with a research mentor at the time of application. Visit our Getting Started page for information on finding a faculty mentor.
  • Applicants must be matriculated and degree-seeking undergraduate students at the University of Utah.
  • Applicants must not be 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.
    All University of Utah students who are able to successfully complete an I-9 Form are eligible for University employment. The I-9 form is used to verify identity and employment authorization and must be accompanied by valid, unexpired documents. More information on the I-9 Form is available online on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services webpage at uscis.gov/i-9. If ineligible for University employment, students may still participate in the program but cannot be compensated for their work. Please contact Rachel Hayes-Harb at r.hayes-harb@utah.edu for more information on this option.
  • Applicants must have faculty mentors who are current University of Utah faculty members. This means that the faculty mentor position title must include "professor."
    Graduate students and post-docs who have successfully completed the Undergraduate Research Mentor Development Program are also eligible to mentor for UROP.
  • Applicants may be awarded a maximum of two (2) semesters of UROP funding, one (1) new semester and one (1) renewal semester.

Student Expectations

UROP Scholars who have been awarded (both new and renewal) are expected to:

  • Attend mandatory UROP Orientation at the beginning of the award semester.
  • Attend AT LEAST TWO Undergraduate Research Education Series events during the award semester. 
    Your attendance will be verified by a sign-in sheet at the event.
  • Complete a UROP Final Report by the end of the award semester.
  • Present your research at the Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS).
    The presentation requirement encourages an open exchange and dissemination of ideas between fields in addition to communication to a broad public audience.
  • 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 from the original project must be discussed with the OUR immediately.
  • Obtain and maintain certifications as needed for 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 [your name here]." Please download and use our 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 the Student Conduct Code.
  • Sign and comply with the UROP Employee Contract.

Mentor Expectations

The mentors of awarded UROP Scholars 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. Mentors are asked to detail at least three specific mentoring activities or strategies for the semester in the Faculty Mentor reference.
  • Ensure that the student is appropriately certified as needed for 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 at the URS, 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 download and use our logo.
  • Review and approve the student's timecards as the pay is earned.
  • Serve as a reviewer for the OUR and/or moderate at the Undergraduate Research Symposium as needed.


How to

Information for students interested in applying for UROP

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Next steps and forms to complete after you've been awarded

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Resources and tools for current UROP Scholars

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