Faculty Mentor Resources

Faculty-mentored research provides exciting opportunities for students to apply classroom learning to real-time challenges. Student researchers explore areas of scholarship in depth, applying entrepreneurial thinking while developing problem-solving and communication skills.

Why Mentor?

Minnesota Undergrads are Exceptional. Minnesota undergraduates are bright, inquisitive and academically highly capable. Our best undergraduates are equal to the best undergraduates at any university in the United States or the world. 

It Is a Win-Win. It provides faculty with highly motivated research assistants and the students get a first-hand opportunity to experience research at the U of M.

Foster a Mentor/Student Relationship. Professors have few opportunities to work closely with undergrad students on research. Many mentor/student relationships continue beyond UROP. Mentoring a student through graduation and into their professional lives may prove to be very rewarding! 

What counts as research?

Research projects may be undertaken in any academic area. We consider research to be any scientific or scholarly activity that leads to:

  • The production of new knowledge
  • Increased problem-solving capabilities (including design and analysis of a research project)
  • Original critical or historical theory and interpretation

How does UROP work?

Students often start by contacting professors directly or investigating faculty research interests on department websites. Faculty members can contact the UROP office for more information on how to find an undergrad student to assist on research projects. 

After agreeing to work together, the student/mentor team defines their project. Students can perform research as:

  • a volunteer,
  • for academic credit through Directed Research,
  • or a paid position with student can apply stipend, supplies, and/or travel awards from UROP.

For tips on mentoring undergrad students, click here.

Who needs to apply?

Only students seeking UROP funding need to submit an application. Faculty mentors are advised to assist with the funding application, and they’re required to review it at least once before submission.

Mentors must complete a recommendation form by 11:59 p.m. of the application deadline.

Learn the mentor guidelines and where to access the recommendation forms you will need to fill out students applying to UROP for funding. 

Questions? Call us at 612-625-3853 or email urop@umn.edu.