All faculty of the University of Minnesota, whatever their college, rank, or nature of appointment, may serve as a mentor for UROP students. Although faculty occasionally sponsor more than one student at a time, especially on team projects, it may be necessary during some award periods to limit the number of UROP students per individual faculty member in order to distribute research assistance to as many faculty as possible.
Need to submit your Faculty Mentor Recommendation Form? Enter the Application Portal using your University ID and password then select Faculty Mentor Form.
UROP offers financial awards to undergraduates for research, scholarly or creative projects undertaken in partnership with a faculty member. While providing students with a unique educational experience, faculty advance their own professional work with the able assistance of a qualified undergraduate. This may be particularly helpful for faculty lacking funding for research assistance from other sources.
In cases where faculty have additional funds for research assistance through grants or other sources, they are encouraged to blend those funds with the student's UROP award. By providing a supplement to the student's salary and/or expenses, faculty can retain the services of the student after the UROP award expires. The student benefits by being able to undertake a more extensive project or to pursue later, more advanced stages of the work begun through UROP.
Although collaboration between student and faculty member will vary with the nature of the student's project, sponsoring a UROP student typically requires the following:
Both the student and faculty sponsor will be notified of the award decision. Due to limited funds, the program is competitive and awards are based on the merit of proposals.
We hope that your experience in sponsoring a UROP student will be personally rewarding and beneficial in terms of your professional work. Please feel free to contact the UROP Coordinator in your college or the Twin Cities UROP Office if you have any questions about the program.
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