reopens Spring 2021
For planning your proposal, here is a PDF version of the application
View a recording of one of our UROP Research Mentor Info Sessions here: https://fla.st/319Bq6v
What is your role as a Research Mentor?
The Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) is an initiative by the Center for Undergraduate Research and Academic Engagement to engage high-achieving undergraduates in the academic culture of research and offer help to faculty members. Open to all departments, the program is three-fold:
- Students participate in a UROP colloquium class that introduces them to the practice of research, provides guest faculty speakers, and offers continuous support and training
- Students work as research assistants to faculty members and advanced graduate students
- Students present their Research Mentors’ projects and their contribution to it at the annual undergraduate research symposium
As UROP Research Mentors, faculty members and advanced graduate students can have student research assistants for a year-long period at no cost. UROP is currently recruiting Research Mentors to submit projects for which they would like undergraduate research assistants. There is no obligation to take a UROP student if you submit a project; you select the UROP student with whom you would like to work.
What you gain as a Research Mentor?
- Hire one or more assistants at no cost to you
- Receive up to a $1,000 (Faculty), $500 (Post-doc), or $250 (Graduate Student) materials grant
- Be eligible for a $2,000 (Faculty) Undergraduate Research Mentor award ($500 Postdoctoral researcher/Grad Student)
- Work with bright, motivated students
- Long-term research partnerships: students are encouraged to continue working with faculty members after their UROP experience is over
- Fulfill a service requirement or add to your CV
- Give back to students, including our student veterans, and to FSU by fostering an intellectual community of budding scholars
Things to Consider
The CRE supports students throughout their UROP experience. Most students are eligible for compensation through Federal Work Study and/or academic credit. Many departments have additional, internal funding support available for students. Research mentors are also able to submit a separate application for materials grants funding (e.g. small equipment and supplies), awarded on a first come, first served basis. Faculty may request up to $1,000 for this supplementary funding ($500 postdoctoral researchers and $250 for graduate students)
While not directly compensated by the CRE, outside of students' research contributions, mentors use this experience to build their research, and as an addition for promotion and tenure applications. As a recognition of your time, the CRE allows participants to nominate exemplary mentors, and one UROP faculty mentor is awarded $2,000 each year, and one graduate student/postdoctoral researcher a $500 award.