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Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP)

The Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) offers students the chance to conduct research in close collaboration with faculty at Michigan. Many faculty members in Classical Studies have participated in this program, working one-on-one with students interested in the ancient world and conducting research first-hand. Students have been involved in a wide range of projects (see below). Research activities have included finding, reading, and summarizing scholarship; data collection and analysis; digital modeling and mathematical calculation; translation; and archival work. Students are not required to be pursuing a Classical Studies concentration or minor to participate in a UROP project in the Department.

For more about UROP, go to There you’ll find information about the application process, requirements for participants, and types of research projects in Classical Studies and other fields.

Recent UROP projects in Classical Studies:

  • The Idea of Africa in the Literary Imagination of the Romans
  • Reconstructing an Ancient Greek Papyrus Scroll from Herculaneum
  • Transformations of Quo Vadis (a study of films based on the novel by Henryk Sienkiewicz)
  • Rodents in Ancient Pompeii: Pests or Dinner?
  • The Bioarchaeology of Ancient Pompeii: Economy and Empire
  • Ist Epictet ein Eklektiker? Adolf Bonhoeffer on Prolepsis in Epictetus and the Early Stoa
  • Creating Visitor Programs for a New Museum: Researching Reproductions of Ancient Artifacts