The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) cultivates and supports research partnerships and invites undergraduates to work as the junior colleagues of faculty.
The program offers the opportunity to work on cutting edge research—whether you join established research projects or pursue your own ideas. As participants, undergraduates engage in each phase of standard research activity: developing research plans, writing proposals, conducting research, analyzing data. and presenting research results in oral and written form.
The projects take place over the summer, and research can be done in any academic department or interdisciplinary laboratory. Projects can last for an entire semester, and many continue for a year or more. Students use their experiences to become familiar with the faculty, learn about potential majors, and investigate areas of interest.
Participants gain practical skills and knowledge they eventually apply to careers after graduation or as graduate students. Most importantly, they become involved in state-of-the-art research.