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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 Monday July 1, 2019 for fall 2019 projects.  The application portal will open by Monday May 20th.  The following deadline is expected to be Monday October 7, 2019 11:59 PM 2020 spring projects.  The next deadline date is expected to be Monday February 17, 2020 11:59 PM for 2020 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.     

March 26 - 28, 2020, Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana    Interested students should contact their college UROP coordinator by the end of October 2019 for details. 

April 2021, California State University, Long Beach, California  

Spring 2022, University of West Florida, Pensacola, Florida

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 2019-2020 academic year showcases will be held on Tuesday November 12, 2019 and Thursday April 9, 2020 in the Kirby Student Center Ballroom.  The following showcase is Thursday April 9, 2020.  Registration for the fall 2019 and spring 2020 showcases will open fall 2019.  

The spring 2019 showcase was featured on both WDIO and Fox21 news reports.