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Undergraduate Research Opportunites 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. Design courtesy of Alec Hogstad - UMD Graphic Design and Marketing Major

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 February 18, 2019 for summer and fall 2019 projects.  The following deadline date is expected to be Monday October 7, 2019 11:59 PM for 2020 spring 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, 2019, April 2019,  Kennesaw State University, Georgia  Students who have applied to NCUR should expect to hear by the end of January if their abstract has been accepted.  If accepted, you will be contact by the UMD UROP office, if you have any questions please contact Nancy Burley at or your college UROP coordinator. 

March 2020, Montana State University, Bozeman

April 2021, California State University, Long Beach

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.  The Fall 2018 showcase was held Tuesday November 13, and the spring showcase will be held on Thursday April 18, 2019.  There will be a limited number of space for poster and oral presentations.  Sign up here to attend either or both showcases.     The next fall showcase will be held Tuesday November 12, 2019.