MSROP Eligibility and Application Process

We strongly encourage applications from U of M students who are underrepresented in their discipline and/or who are first-generation college students. This program is intended for students who are desiring enrollment in a research-based graduate program, NOT professional school such as Medical, Dental, Law, Veterinary, and Pharmacy programs.


University of Minnesota sophomores, juniors, and seniors (that are enrolled for at least one additional semester after the summer program) majoring in the Social Sciences, Arts, Humanities, Education, Natural Sciences, Physical Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering are eligible to apply.

  • Applicants must have:
    • Completed at least 45 credits by the end of fall semester 2017
    • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
    • Must be a US citizen or permanent resident.
    • Not participated in MSROP previously

  • Strong applicants demonstrate:
    • Strong academic performance in major courses
    • Recommendation from faculty
    • Strong writing skills, as demonstrated through application and/or faculty recommendation

Faculty Mentor Matching

Faculty mentors come from all disciplines and are interested in guiding summer research experiences of high-potential, underserved undergraduates. We encourage applicants to reach out to potential faculty mentors before applying, but MSROP will assist in this process to ensure a successful faculty mentor relationship. To be given preference, students must have contacted a prospective faculty mentor (e.g. contacted via email or telephone) to determine availability to serve as a mentor for summer 2018.

This is a full-time, intensive research experience. Students may not enroll in intersession or summer school during the program. Students also must not have any prior work commitments during the 10 week experience.

Application Process

Eligible University of Minnesota students must submit:

  1. Completed application form. See link below.
  2. Two letters of recommendation from faculty or academic advisors who are familiar with the applicant’s academic interest and performance. If possible, one of your recommendations should be a faculty mentor you may work with over the summer. Please remember to refer your recommenders to the MSROP program description. The letters of recommendations can be emailed - pdf - to
  3. U of MN transcript (can be an unofficial transcript). Students that have transferred with more than 10 credits need to request a transcript that shows the transferred coursework with grades.  Send as a pdf file to:

MSROP Application Form (pdf file)

MSROP Letter of Recommendation Form (pdf file)

*Only completed applications will be considered. Email all application materials to  Please put in the subject line:  (applicant's name).

Applications will be reviewed throughout March, with select candidates contacted for interviews in late March. The 30-minute interview process is another step to identify the strongest candidates, not a guarantee of acceptance. Notification of selection (through email) is early April.

Frequently asked questions about eligibility and applying

Who is the ideal MSROP candidate?

We are looking for motivated individuals from a wide variety of academic disciplines who intend to apply to a research-based graduate program. We seek students who want to take advantage of a variety of resources  

What is the application deadline?

Applications must be received by March 2, 2018 by 4:00pm to be reviewed. Only complete applications are considered.

How will I know if my application is complete?

We will send you a confirmation email; however, it is your responsibility to make sure your application is complete. If you are unsure, send an e-mail to

How many students are accepted into MSROP?

10-12 students (based on funding)

How will I be contacted?

You are contacted primarily by e-mail. Be sure the e-mail you put on your application is one you check regularly.