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Changing Gears Program

Changing Gears (CG) is a UROP program designed primarily for community college transfer students who will be attending the University of Michigan, but also serves students transferring from 4 year institutions. Students in the CG Program become a part of an ongoing faculty-driven research, scholarly or creative project in their field of interest. Students learn valuable academic skills, applying these skills to their research project, academics, and future career opportunities, while receiving academic credit or compensation for their efforts in research work.

At this time, we are no longer accepting 2020-2021 applications for the Changing Gears Program and we do not accept applications for the winter 2021 semester. If you are a U-M Transfer Student and not graduating until winter 2022 and/or after, you are eligible to apply to the 2021-2022 UROP Changing Gears Program. The 2021-2022 application will be available starting May 1, 2021

If you have any questions regarding Changing Gears, please contact Dr. Michelle Ferrez, Director of UROP at


Changing Gears/Transfer Student Summer Director Drop-In Hours

May 17th - August 6th (Tuesdays 10am - 11am, EDT)


Email us at  Please include your name and UMID in any correspondence.