UROP Guidelines

  1. Deadlines are firm.
    Application deadlines are in early October (spring semester projects) and late February (summer or fall semester projects). All deadlines are firm. Applications are submitted through this website only and include an application form, three-page proposal, and mentor recommendation form.
  2. All those enrolled in an undergraduate degree seeking program at the U of MN who are in good academic standing are eligible to apply. 
  3. You must be registered for 6 or more credits during the academic semesters you are doing your project.  
    Because the stipend is paid through financial aid, you must be registered for 6 or more credits during fall and/or spring semester while you do your project.  While you don't have to be registered for credit during a summer project, you do need to be registered for the two semesters on either side of that summer.
  4. You may receive up to two UROP awards during your undergraduate career.  
    A first project must be completed before you will be considered for a second award.  You may apply for a second UROP while still completing your first project, but you cannot receive final approval on a  second until all requirements are met for the first one.  Priority may be given to first-time applicants if a large number of applications are received in any round.  You may (and are encouraged to) do additional research projects through programs such as IUROP, MSROP and GCUROP. These do not count towards the two UROP limit.
  5. One project at a time.
    You may submit only one application during each UROP round.
  6. If in a group, each must apply separately.
    If you are part of a group of students who plan to work on the same project, each student must submit a separate, unique, and complete application.
  7. Awards are paid as financial aid.
    UROP awards are paid as financial aid; you must be able to accommodate the $1500 scholarship in your financial aid package for the year.
  8. The project should amount to 120 hours of work.
    Your UROP project should encompass approximately 120 hours of work, typically during one semester.
  9. Cannot receive course credit.
    You may not receive credit for your UROP project.  You may not use an honors thesis as your UROP presentation.
  10. Must complete the ending requirements.
    All four ending requirements (final report, evaluation, presentation and verification of completion form signed by your mentor) should be submitted by the last day of your project as specified on your award letter.  If you are graduating at the end of your project, all ending materials must be received by the last day of the month prior to graduation.  Financial aid cannot be paid out once you have graduated, and you will forfeit the second payment if you submit your materials too late.

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