Application Process

Students must submit an application by the posted application due date and time. These are firm deadlines. You may not start the research until the application has been approved. 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. At this time, you should begin the additional approval processes or training if you intend to complete a special permission project (for example, a project using human or animal subjects).

Follow the steps below to guide your application process.

1. Write Your Project Proposal

The proposal is the most important part of the UROP application process. This is your opportunity to explain what your research question, methodology and research plan are, and what your expected outcome will be.

Before you write your proposal, consider these questions and read over these tips for writing a good proposal.

Proposal requirements:

  • 3 pages in length
  • Double-spaced, 12-point font, Times New Roman, 1-inch margins
  • Must contain an answerable research question
  • Make it clear what you are researching and the methods you will use to find an answer.
  • Be sure to describe the intellectual merit of your research.
  • For sciences and technology (the medical sciences in particular), please make sure you have a clear hypothesis and explain the scientific merit of your proposed research.
  • Write a draft, have it reviewed by your faculty mentor, and revise it before you turn it in

Sample Research Proposals

2. Fill Out the Application Form and Upload Your Proposal

As the student applicant, you must apply online. Your application form must be complete, including the following information:

  • Applicant information
  • Faculty Mentor information
  • Project title
  • Project description and goals
  • Project significance
  • Timeline
  • Background experience
  • Funds requested and an itemized budget if you are requesting expense money
  • Proposal Upload

3. Have Your Mentor Submit the Recommendation Form

Your mentor must submit the recommendation form online as well.

The OUR staff is available to provide feedback and suggestions; contact our office to request an application review. Please do this well before the application deadline. Remember, your research mentor should be your primary source of advice.