One Goal. One Community. Limitless Impact! As the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) celebrates its 30 year anniversary, we celebrate our 50,000+ UROP alumni who have engaged in research, scholarly, and creative inquiry. UROP continues to focus on the skills, perspectives, and resources that diverse students bring to higher education by encouraging students towards a life-long appreciation for discovery, building understanding across differences, and critically examining information in the world around them. Our students have engaged in research and creative projects with faculty research mentors representing all 19 colleges/schools/units at U-M, including community engaged research partners in Detroit. The benefits of recognizing the resources and capital diverse students bring to research is not just beneficial to the student, but advances the world of research as these cultural worldviews inform and create scholarship that might not otherwise be considered.
As we celebrate our 30 Year Anniversary, UROP continues to provide early access to diverse students to one of the most highly valuable resources at U-M: Research Mentors and Research Training. Any financial gifts to UROP will allow us to support students who often do not have the financial means to engage in a research opportunity, especially during our summer fellowship programs. Over 65% of our students are low-income students, many of whom are first-generation and/or community college students with no access to undergraduate research at their respective schools. UROP was established in 1988-1989, with a focus on underrepresented students (15 students). The program now serves 1400 undergraduate students in all academic fields and we still maintain our commitment to diversity. Gifts will provide equitable student access for underrepresented, first-generation, and low socio-economic background students to engage in opportunities that would not be readily available without this financial support.
Donate now to support our financial need-based students for our 2020 Summer Research Fellowship Programs. When you combine early student access to research, you are providing students with self-agency beyond the classroom and beyond the institutional walls of the University. It makes research teams more creative, solutions more feasible, products more usable, and citizens more knowledgeable. Support our diverse students in the exploratory world of research!