Research at the U

The University of Minnesota is one of the world’s great research universities. On our campuses, at our field stations and in our communities, thousands of students, faculty and staff create new knowledge and develop new examples of human expression each and every day. Students and faculty are important members of our academic community, so get involved with research and be a discoverer!

The following are programs where you can contribute to research at the U of M:

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) provides funding to U of M undergraduates who work on a research, scholarly or creative project with a faculty mentor.

Undergraduate Research Scholarships (URS)

Undergraduate Research Scholarships (URS) are awarded by the Office of Admissions to incoming freshman. The URS provides awardees with funding for a research project while being mentored by a faculty member.

The North Star STEM Alliance Program

The North Star STEM Alliance offers opportunities and programs aimed at helping students just like you to succeed academically by inviting you to be a member of the North Star STEM community.  STEM areas include science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  STEM opportunities include the chance to do research projects as an undergraduate.

Directed Research

Directed Study/Directed Research allows students to design and carry out an independent project, working one-on-one with a faculty member for academic credit. Most, if not all, departments provide Directed Study/Research course designations. The Directed Study/Research project requires a contract between you, the faculty member, and the faculty member's department. See policies and practice here.

Student Employment

Student Employment opportunities for research include both on and off-campus employment.

Summer Opportunities

A number of agencies and groups sponsor summer research experience programs for undergraduate students. Many have deadlines in January or February.   Opportunities exist at the U of MN as well as around the country.