Research Mentor Eligibility
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor campus faculty, research scientists, postdoctoral fellows, librarians and academic administrators in all schools and colleges may submit an application to be a UROP Research Mentor. Current mentors are also encouraged to identify colleagues who may wish to sponsor a student(s). All faculty and research scientists/fellows new to the University of Michigan will be sent an invitation to sponsor a UROP student.
UROP in a Nutshell:
- You interview and select your student(s) from our UROP applicant pool.
- Students will work with you for 6-12 hours per week for the entire academic year.
- UROP offers numerous research skill-building workshops to help students help you (Example topics include:GIS, Endnote, Matlab, SPSS, STATA, Using Scholarly Resources in the Library)
- Supplementary funding of up to $500 per student or up to $1500 per research project when 3 or more students are hired.
- There is no monetary cost for research mentors; UROP provides small funds for materials and covers any student salary costs if the student participates for work-study compensation.
What UROP Students do:
- Conduct research 6-12 hours on average, per week, for the full academic year (both Fall & Winter Terms).
- Attend bi-weekly research seminars on Tuesdays from 4:00 - 5:30pm. These are interdisciplinary in focus and include guest speakers, field trips, and discussions designed to introduce students to research issues such as research methodology and research ethics.
- Complete journal writing assignments, read assigned texts, and present a poster at the annual Spring Research Symposium.
- Meet with a UROP Peer Facilitator once per month.
We Do This To:
- Introduce first and second year students to various fields of research.
- Partner students with a research mentor.
- Help students Identify academic & career interests.
- Connect real world applications and classroom materials.
- Help students develop critical thinking & problem solving skills.
- Help students develop research skills useful in their courses.
- Help students meet great people and participate in diverse research teams.
- Help students stretch themselves intellectually — and learn to think in creative and innovative ways.