Step 1: Prepare a Proposal
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 timeline allotted for each activity
Purpose: Provide both larger context and concrete achievable timeline within 120 hours. The project is part of a much larger project, but what are we funding? Show evidence that work will be done with the 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.
These sample proposals are not intended to be templates for proposals. Instead, these sample proposals are provided as helpful resources when writing your own proposal.Physical therapy and Athletic Training Example Proposal Internal Medicine Example Proposal Communication Sciences and Disorders Example Proposal
Student Application Due:
Friday, Nov. 1
Mentor Application Due:
Friday, Nov. 8
Step 2: Complete the Online Application
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. We encourage applicants to avoid the use of special characters, formulas, images, and tables in their proposals to the extent possible. When you paste your proposal text into the application form, please proofread the pasted text carefully. Special character keys, formulas, images, and tables may be attached in a one-page PDF document.
- 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.
Step 3: Forward the Mentor Reference
Upon submission of the form, applicants will receive an email that MUST be forwarded to the mentor. This email contains a link for the mentor to follow to provide their recommendation. The 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.