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Research Scholars Program

The UROP Research Scholars Program is designed for students who want to expand on their first year UROP experience and participate in UROP for a second year at an advanced level. In this program, students build upon the knowledge gained in a first undergraduate research experience to further explore the connections between research, a liberal arts education, and communicating skills to advance their future professional goals. Students are expected to explore various written and oral possibilities for communicating their research process, identifying the limits set by the discipline and the opportunities that lie beyond.

Program Eligibility


The 2019-2020 Research Scholars program is available to students who have participated in our traditional UROP program for one year and who wish to continue with their research. In addition, eligible students will be enrolled in undergraduate course work at the UM-Ann Arbor Campus during the 2019-2020 academic year, will have worked with their current UROP mentor on a research proposal that will support the scholar's participation in the larger mentor project and will commit to participating in Research Scholars Fall 2019 and Winter 2020.

Program Components

Research project 

Scholars are expected to utilize their experiences from their first year of research and work with their mentor to conduct a student-led project. This is flexible, and is something that you have discussed with and planned with your mentor. The project can be anything from answering your own original question to looking at a subset of data collected from a larger project. 

For example – a first year UROP student conducted research using paper as a medium for sculpture her first year of UROP. As a Research Scholar, she tested a variety of other materials using the techniques that she utilized her first year with paper. Another student proposed to examine a specific population of cancer patients that were part of a larger study. There are limitless options to what a Research Scholar might propose for their project! The idea behind the student-led project is that students will have an experience where they are able to explore something that they are interested in under the guidance of expert mentorship. 

Seminar and Workshops (UC 380, Tuesdays 6-7:30 pm)

Students will participate in small (<20 students) bi-weekly workshops. These workshops are designed to help provide students with the skills that they need to disseminate their research findings. For some students, this may be submitting a manuscript to an undergraduate or professional journal. For others, it may be writing an op-ed piece, hosting an exhibition, creating a videotalk, maintaining a blog, creating a website, or giving a formal oral presentation. Throughout the year, students will be required to share their research in two ways. 

Peer Facilitator Meetings

Students are required to attend two individual meetings per semester with their assigned Peer Facilitator and a small interdisciplinary group peer review meeting facilitated by their Peer Facilitator. They also participate in one discipline specific peer review session with another student (training on how to provide constructive peer feedback will be provided).

Submitting to a Peer Reviewed Journal

All Scholars are required to submit an academic written piece to a peer reviewed journal or alternative relevant publication approved by their faculty mentor.

Presenting at a Research Conference

All Scholars are required to present their reserach and can present at the UROP Spring Symposium. However, we strongly encourage scholars to also seek other national venues where they can network with peers and scholars from other institutions. 

Application Process and Timeline

Application Process

Talk with your current UROP mentor about how you can develop an independent project based on the work you did this year.

Complete the Online Application by August 1st at 5pm

You may start an application and save it. Keep a copy of your work for your records. Once you submit your application, you cannot change it.

Once you submit the application, your Peer Facilitator and UROP mentor will be emailed links to their recommendation forms. Please make sure you notify them about the process so they can look for the link. 

Contact Information

If you have any questions about the Research Scholars Program please contact