Application Process

Follow the steps below to guide your application process.

 1. Write Your Project Proposal

The proposal is the most important part of the URS application process. This is your opportunity to explain what your research question, methodology and 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 URS 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. 

2. Fill Out Application Forms

The Application Forms below require student and faculty information along with an explanation of how expense money will be used and any special requirements necessary for your project.

URS Application Form 
URS Faculty Mentor Recommendation Form

3. Submit your Application

Email your completed URS Application Forms and Project Proposal to Vicky Munro munro001@umn.edu and Heidi Fahning fahni021@umn.edu 

*Important Note: URS students do not need to follow UROP deadlines. However, scholarships must be used in the first two years of college study. URS students must complete their project by the end of the summer following their sophomore year. Unlike UROP, URS applications are emailed, not submitted through this web site.

If you have questions about URS or the application process, contact Heidi Fahning, UROP Graduate Assistant at fahni021@umn.edu or 612-625-6939.