Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) provides all University of Minnesota undergraduates, regardless of college, major or discipline, the opportunity to partner with a faculty member on research, scholarly or creative project. UROP gives students a chance to explore academic and career interests, apply classroom learning to real-time research and prepare for a career or graduate school while working closely with a U of M faculty member. Students may work on a project of their own creation or take part in a faculty member’s existing project.  

Not sure where to start? Make an appointment with a fellow student to demystify getting started with faculty-sponsored research. They can help you figure out how to get started with research, go over deadlines and next steps, and answer questions.

The next deadline for applications is February 24, 2020 for Summer or Fall 2020 projects and July 6 for Fall 2020 projects.  See "Apply for UROP" below or click "Apply Now" above.

General UROP Process

general process

Start the process of applying for a UROP award well before the deadline. Learn more to see how the UROP application and research process works from identifying a research topic to giving your final presentation.

Program Guidelines


There are a number of rules and guidelines to keep in mind as you consider applying for a UROP award. Make sure you read over these guidelines to ensure you are on the right track.

Application Process

application process

The application consists of three parts: an application form, a proposal and a recommendation form submitted by your faculty mentor. All parts must be submitted online and before the deadline, so be sure to be read about the entire process prior to applying.

Special Permissions Projects

special permissions

If your project involves Human Subjects, Animal Subjects, Harmful or Dangerous Substances or involves Travel Abroad, you need to make sure you have taken the appropriate steps to get these permissions as you prepare your UROP application.

Key Dates

key dates

Learn more about the UROP application and symposium presentation dates and deadlines.



A UROP award includes a research scholarship of $1,500 for 120 hours of research and expense funding up to $300.

Past Projects

past projects

See a list of past projects and UROP project proposals by undergraduate students and their faculty mentors. 

Ending Requirements


Once you have reached the end of your 120-hour project, there are four ending requirements that must be completed in order for you to complete your UROP and receive the final $750 of your scholarship.

Apply for UROP

apply online

Prior to submitting your UROP application, be sure that you have everything prepared. Deadlines are firm and late applications will not be accepted. You may not start your research until approved.