Apply for UROP

Eligibility Requirements

  • 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.
  • 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.
    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.
  • A student may be awarded a maximum of two semesters of UROP funding, one (1) new semester and one (1) renewal semester.

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 and effective written presentation of the project
  • Plan and timeline: Specific activities to be undertaken and a 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/their skills and goals, and 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 and proposal by the faculty mentor

Student Expectations 

UROP students (both new and renewal) are expected to:

  • Attend mandatory UROP Orientation at the beginning of the award semester.
  • Attend a minimum of TWO seminars or workshops in our Undergraduate Research Education Series 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 Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research (UCUR), the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), 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.
    The presentation requirement promotes one of two kinds of experiences for the student. The URS/UCUR/NCUR option encourages an open exchange and dissemination of ideas between fields in addition to communication to a broad public audience. The national/international professional conference option encourages deep field-specific conversations and professional development/networking with scholars from across the discipline. Both experiences are important to undergraduate student researchers, and either can count for the purposes of the UROP presentation requirement.
  • Conduct the research project under the supervision of the faculty mentor and as proposed in the application. Substantial deviations will 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.
  • Read and respond to correspondence from the OUR in a timely manner.
  • 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.
Failure to meet these expectations will result in a forfeiture of the UROP award and expulsion from the program. If expelled from the UROP program, you will become ineligible to receive other Office of Undergraduate Research funding and the URSD unless you contact the OUR office to regain your eligibility.

Faculty Mentor Expectations 

Faculty mentors (and graduate students and post docs who have successfully completed the Undergraduate Research Mentor Development Program) 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.
  • Review and approve the student's timecards as the pay is earned.
  • 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, 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.
  • Serve as a reviewer for the OUR and/or moderate ate the Undergraduate Research Symposium as needed.

Application Process 

NEW APPLICANTS

  1. In collaboration with your faculty mentor, prepare a four to six page proposal. The student must write the proposal. The proposal must include ONLY the following sections:
    • Statement of the problem or topic of the research or creative work
      Purpose: To clearly set out what topic or issue you will be addressing in your UROP project and to make clear that it is concrete and important.
    • Relevant background/literature review
      Purpose: To make clear that you understand where the project lies in broader context and to exhibit that you are engaged in the project enough already to be able to effectively pursue the project.
    • Specific activities to be undertaken and a timetable allotted for each activity
      Purpose: Provide both larger context and concrete achievable timeline within 120.0 hours. The project is part of a much larger project, but what are we funding? Show evidence that work will be done with mentor.
    • Relationship of the proposed work to the expertise of the faculty mentor
      Purpose: You are utilizing your faculty's specific expertise and really gleaning what you can from their very specialized knowledge, you can convey that expertise, you can demonstrate that they will actually be mentoring you.
    • Relationship of the proposed work to the student's future goals
      Purpose: To show that your project facilitates your educational or career goals, that you have thought about how the project fits into your larger personal goals, and that your project will actually facilitate those goals for you.
  2. Complete the online application form. It is recommended that you prepare the proposal in a word processing program (four to six double-spaced pages in length), then copy and paste the text of that proposal into the appropriate text boxes on the form.
    • The form requires student information, faculty mentor information, and the full proposal. 
    • Provide all images, tables, graphs, etc., as appendices in one PDF file and attach that file to the form.
    • Footnotes and endnotes do not translate into this system. Please use parenthetical in-text reference forms (such as APA or MLA) and provide full references in the References field.
      Note: References will be unformatted in this form.
  3. Upon submission of the form, applicants will receive an email that MUST be forwarded to the faculty mentor. This email contains a link for the faculty mentor to follow to provide his/her/their recommendation. The faculty mentor's recommendation MUST be received by the deadline in order for an application to be considered for funding. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that the faculty mentor receives the emailed link and is aware of the deadline.

Group projects: 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.

RENEWAL APPLICANTS

If you have already completed a UROP semester, you are considered a renewal applicant even if you are working on a different project and/or with a different faculty mentor. A full proposal must be submitted for renewal applications.

  1. If you are continuing with the same project and mentor, your original UROP proposal must be updated to reflect what you accomplished during your first UROP semester.For a different project and/or mentor, the proposal must be rewritten (following the proposal guidelines below) to reflect the changes. In collaboration with your faculty mentor, prepare a four to six page proposal. The student must write the proposal. The proposal must include ONLY the following sections:
    • Statement of the problem or topic of the research or creative work
      Purpose: To clearly set out what topic or issue you will be addressing in your UROP project and to make clear that it is concrete and important.
    • Relevant background/literature review
      Purpose: To make clear that you understand where the project lies in broader context and to exhibit that you are engaged in the project enough already to be able to effectively pursue the project.
    • Specific activities to be undertaken and a timetable allotted for each activity
      Purpose: Provide both larger context and concrete achievable timeline within 120.0 hours. The project is part of a much larger project, but what are we funding? Show evidence that work will be done with mentor.
    • Relationship of the proposed work to the expertise of the faculty mentor
      Purpose: You are utilizing your faculty's specific expertise and really gleaning what you can from their very specialized knowledge, you can convey that expertise, you can demonstrate that they will actually be mentoring you.
    • Relationship of the proposed work to the student's future goals
      Purpose: To show that your project facilitates your educational or career goals, that you have thought about how the project fits into your larger personal goals, and that your project will actually facilitate those goals for you.
  2. Complete the online application form. It is recommended that you prepare the proposal in a word processing program (four to six double-spaced pages in length), then copy and paste the text of that proposal into the appropriate text boxes on the form.
    • The form requires student information, faculty mentor information, and the full proposal. 
    • Provide all images, tables, graphs, etc., as appendices in one PDF file and attach that file to the form.
    • Footnotes and endnotes do not translate into this system. Please use parenthetical in-text reference forms (such as APA or MLA) and provide full references in the References field.
      Note: References will be unformatted in this form.
  3. Upon submission of the form, applicants will receive an email that MUST be forwarded to the faculty mentor. This email contains a link for the faculty mentor to follow to provide his/her/their recommendation. The faculty mentor's recommendation MUST be received by the deadline in order for an application to be considered for funding. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that the faculty mentor receives the emailed link and is aware of the deadline.

Group projects: 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.

Fall 2017 Deadlines
Friday, June 30: Student Application Due | Friday, July 7: Faculty Reference Due

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Review Criteria 

UROP proposals are evaluated by faculty reviewers using the following criteria:

  • Proposal Text
    Clear and complete presentation of:

    • The problem or topic of the research or creative work
    • The student's understanding of relevant background
    • Specific activities to be undertaken and a concrete timeline for completion of the proposed work
    • The relationship of the proposed work to the expertise of the faculty mentor and to the student's future goals (for example, the suitability of the mentoring relationships)
  • Faculty Mentor Reference
    • Familiarity of the faculty mentor with the student and his/her/their skills and goals and the commitment of the faculty mentor to the mentoring relationship
    • Overall assessment of the student/proposal by the faculty mentor (for example, strength of the recommendation)

Sample Proposals 

These sample proposals are provided as helpful resources when writing your own proposal.