Submit your UROP project by August 11, 2017 here!
The Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) is an initiative by the Center for Undergraduate Research and Academic Engagement to engage more underclassmen in academic research and offer help to our faculty members and graduate students. Started in Fall 2012, UROP students participate in a colloquium introducing them to the practice of research, work as research assistants to faculty members and graduate students, and present their Research Sponsors' projects and their contribution to it at the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium.
As UROP Research Mentors, faculty members, postdocs, and graduate students will have the opportunity to mentor student research assistants for 5-10 hours a week for a year-long period.
"This is a really impressive program...It is a win for these top students and an incredible opportunity for faculty as well. Having access to bright and highly motivated first- and second-year students is a windfall for me."
— Elizabeth A.D. Hammock, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
Please watch the video below in which Research Mentors discuss the merits of UROP.
Submitting a proposal
**Faculty, graduate students, and industry mentors can upload a research project here. The application for proposal submission for 2017-2018 will be open in May 2017. The deadline will be August 11, 2017.**
To see the research projects which UROP students worked on during the 2015-2016 year, click here.
Applying for funding (optional)
Faculty and graduate students with a UROP student assistant can apply here for a Materials Grant starting in the Spring semester. Faculty who submit UROP proposals, accept UROP students, and submit the Fall evaluation for their UROP students are eligible to receive a Materials Grant of up to $500 for one student and a maximum of $1000 for two or more students. They are also eligible to be nominated by their students for a $2,000 Undergraduate Research Mentor Award.
Postdocs and graduate students who submit UROP proposals, mentor UROP students, and submit the Fall evaluation for their UROP students can receive Materials Grants of up to $250 (for any number of UROP students) and can be nominated to receive a $500 Undergraduate Research Mentor Award.
Selecting a student(s)
UROP students will be given faculty project listings in the beginning of the Fall semester, and with the help of their UROP Leader will select projects to apply to. Research Mentors will then conduct interviews to select the student(s) they will hire.
Once Research Mentors have selected their UROP assistants, they will be responsible for outlining students' roles on the project and delineating their expectations. Mentors should develop a schedule, direct students to background readings and resources, discuss the disciplinary approach to the project, and discuss the purpose and goals of the project and the student's contribution to it.
Working with students
Once students are familiarized with their Research Mentors and the project, they will work to contribute to the project in keeping with the Research Mentor's expectations and their established schedule. To facilitate this process, Research Mentors should include UROP assistants in research team meetings, supervise students' work on the project, and meet with them regularly to provide direction and feedback.
You are eligible to hire a UROP student if you are affiliated with Florida State University as a faculty member, lecturer, research scientist, graduate student, or post-doctoral fellow in any school or college. Others may be eligible, but questions regarding sponsor eligibility should be sent to Latika Young, Director, Center for Undergraduate Research and Academic Engagement.