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Community-Engaged Research

Community-engaged research activities through the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) are in the spirit of the U-M’s mission to serve the people of Michigan and the world, and to develop leaders and citizens to challenge the present and enrich the future. By community-engaged, we mean students and faculty are not only researching within communities, but they are working with and learning from the communities.

Our program is not merely place-based, it values communities’ expertise with and vital interest in their own histories, cultural wealth, aspirations and concerns.

Our program is open to research and creative project ideas that:

  • Enhance knowledge and understanding that benefits the community and helps advance equity and inclusion
  • Offer opportunities for students to work 6-12 hours per week during the academic year (Fall/Winter) or full-time in summer (June-July)
  • Students will be supervised by a designated representative of the organization
  • Provide opportunities to meaningfully engage with community members