UROP Program Description


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Overview

The University of Minnesota's Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) offers financial awards twice yearly to full-time undergraduates for research, scholarly, or creative projects undertaken in partnership with a faculty member. UROP affords undergraduates a unique educational experience of collaborating with a faculty mentor on the design and implementation of a project. At the same time, faculty have the opportunity to work closely with students and receive valuable assistance with their own research or professional activity. UROP adds a new dimension to the undergraduate experience. It also encourages students to conduct research and pursue academic interests outside of their regular courses by employing them to work on special projects. Projects are expected to contribute to the student's academic development.

UROP applications are judged on the quality of the proposed project, the strength of the collaboration with the faculty sponsor, and the educational benefit to the student. Since funding is limited, awards are granted to the strongest proposals.

AWARDS and Completing your Project

UROP stipends, which will be  paid out in two separate payments, are financial aid and may impact your  financial aid package. 

1 - Students will receive $700 when their  application is approved (to be transferred at the beginning of the semester in  which the project starts).  This money  will be put in the student’s account through the scholarship system and will be  considered part of the financial aid package.

2 - Any expense money  awarded will be handled by the mentor’s department.  Departments can determine what system to use  to track the expenses.  Departments must  follow the approved expenses list for each student (provided with the award  letter).  Students should contact their  departmental accountant with questions about the expense money.  Expense money will be transferred in the  amount actually spent at the end of each fiscal year.

3 - At the midpoint  of the project, faculty mentors will be required to submit a Verification of  Progress form for each student stating the student is on track to complete the  project on time (or needs and extension).   Download the form: Verification of Progress (MS Word docx)

4 - When the student  has completed the project including the ending requirements of the final  report, evaluation and public presentation, and the faculty  mentor has signed off on the project’s satisfactory completion on the Verification  of Completion form, the final $700 of the award will be put in the  student’s account.  Download the form: Verification of Completion (MS Word doc)

If you need  extra time, if you have not completed all project work and requirements and  your end date is approaching, you will need to file an extension in  order to stay current with your project.   This should be filled out, signed by your mentor, and returned to the  UROP Office before your current ending date passes.  An extension will be approved once  only and for one semester only.

Once you have reached the end of your project, there  are four ending requirements that must be completed in order for you  to access the final $700 of your stipend and be considered done with your UROP  award.  These include a final  report of approximately 3 pages,  a completed evaluation form and some public presentation or  publication of your results.  For  ideas on presentation options, please go to the research presentations  page.  The fourth requirement is that  your faculty mentor must sign off on the Verification of Completion form  found in the Forms Library to verify that you have completed the project  satisfactorily and have completed approximately 120 hours of work. If you are  graduating at the end of your project, you MUST have all  requirements completed by the end of the month prior to graduation or you will  forfeit the final $700 of your award.  For  spring graduation, all requirements must be met by April 30.  For summer graduation, the final date is July  31.  For fall graduation, all  requirements must be met by November 30.   There are no exceptions.

Any expense  money awarded will be transferred to the mentor’s department at this time.  Departments can determine what system to use  to track the expenses, but left over expense money will not need to be returned  to UROP.  Because of this, expense money  will be awarded stringently.  Departments  must follow the approved expenses list for each student (provided with the  award letter).

For  applications made in the spring, awards are for the approximate period of July  1st through the following December 31st. Awards made in the fall are for the  approximate period of January 1st through the following June 30th.

Potential Impacts on  Financial Aid

Since UROP will  now pay out as scholarship money, please contact  One Stop Student Services if you have questions as to how this will affect your  Financial Aid award for the year.

  • If your total cost of attendance is already  covered by scholarships, you will not receive the UROP stipend as the U does  not award financial aid over the cost of attendance.  In individual cases, a student may request to  raise the cost of attendance in order to accommodate a UROP award.
  • If you have  scholarships and loans totaling the cost of attendance, the UROP stipend will  go towards reducing your loan amount.
  • If you do not  have total coverage for your cost of attendance, you will be able to receive  the UROP stipend.  Keep in mind that if  you owe the U any money, the UROP award will pay this before any remaining  money is given to you.

ELIGIBILITY

Students must be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program and be in good standing. You must be registered for at least 6 credits during the semester that you will do your research, however for summer projects this is waived as long as you are registered for at least 6 credits in both the preceding spring semester and following fall semester.  Additionally you must be in good academic standing as defined by your college. Individuals on academic probation are NOT eligible. 

Students working on Intersession projects cannot graduate prior to the end of the Intersession term.

Students may hold only one UROP award at a time. While past award recipients may reapply, priority will be given to first-time applicants. Past award recipients must have completed a final report and evaluation for all previous projects before they will be considered for another award. Students nearing graduation may apply only if they will complete their UROP projects, and submit a final report and evaluation of the program, before graduating from the University.

Academic credit: If you will be earning academic credit for your proposed project (e.g. for coursework, independent study, senior thesis), then you are NOT eligible for a UROP stipend. UROP is intended to supplement, not to duplicate, these credit-based educational opportunities. UROP projects, however, frequently grow out of work begun in a course, or explore in a preliminary way a topic that is later expanded into a senior thesis.