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Program Overview

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.