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Program Overview

Research Mentor Eligibility

Any 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 Sponsor. Current sponsors 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 students from our UROP applicant pool.
  • Students will work with you for 6-12 hours per week for the entire academic year.
  • UROP provides numerous research skill building workshops to help students help you (GIS, Endnote, Matlab, SPSS, STATA, Using Scholarly Resources in the Library)
  • Supplementary research funding of $500-$800 is available per project.
  • There is no monetary cost for research mentors; UROP provides small funds for materials and covers any student costs if the student participates for work-study compensation.

What our 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, which 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.Present a poster at the annual Spring Research Symposium.
  • Meet with a UROP Peer Advisor once per month.

Why we do this?


  • 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 — learn to think in creative innovative ways.