Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)


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UROP affords undergraduates a unique educational experience of collaborating with a faculty mentor on the design and implementation of a project.

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. 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.

The next UROP Application/Proposal deadline is 11:59 PM Monday October 8, 2018 for 2019 spring projects.  The following deadline date is expected to be Monday February 18, 2019 11:59 PM for 2019 summer and fall projects; please check the website  for confirmation on this date. All UMD UROP applications must be submitted electronically through the University of Minnesota Twin Cities web site.  

 Apply for UROP

 If you are having any problems with the application process please contact your college program coordinator. If it is after hours please e-mail them.

Information for Faculty Mentors
UMD Student Presentation Funding Request

Information from specific University of Minnesota Duluth college programs:

Special UROP Events

NCUR - The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) is a national educational organization, who along with its over 900 colleges and universities, share a focus on providing undergraduate research opportunities for students.  CUR hosts the annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) for students.  In order to attend NCUR, UMD students must have a UMD UROP project, apply and be accepted by their college to attend NCUR,  and submit an abstract to CUR, which must then be accepted by CUR.  Each year between 10 and 20 UMD students attend NCUR.     

NCUR April 11 - 13, 2019Kennesaw State University, Georgia - students interested in attending MUST contact their college coordinator early fall 2018 regarding application and funding to attend.

March 2020, Montana State University, Bozeman

April 2021, California State University, Long Beach

2022 location is yet to be determined

UMD Showcase  - Every fall and spring UMD provides any undergraduate student who has completed a research or artistic project to showcase their project at the UMD Undergraduate Research and Artistic Showcase. 

Showcases for the 2018/2019 academic year will be held on Tuesday November 13, 2018 and Thursday April 18, 2019.  Sign up HERE

Design courtesy of Alec Hogstad - UMD Graphic Design and Marketing Major