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Traditional UROP

Our "Traditional UROP Program" has been our longest running program over the past 30 years. This Academic Year program, in which students participate for both Fall and Winter Terms, is designed for University of Michigan first and second year undergraduate students enrolled on the Ann Arbor campus who are seeking a first time research experience. Student research assistants work alongside a faculty member, research scientist or professional practitioner on an ongoing or new research project.

(Note: Students with Junior or Senior standing are not eligible to participate in this program. Students who have already participated in UROP should instead apply to the Research Scholars Program.)

UROP is still accepting incoming freshman applications.

Admissions decisions on a rolling basis.

The 2019-2020 Rising Sophomore Applicaction is now closed

UROP Program Goals

  • Introduce first and second year students to various fields of research.
  • Partner students with a research mentor.
  • Identify academic and career interests.
  • Apply real world applications to the classroom.
  • Help students develop critical thinking and 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, innovative ways.

UROP Program Requirements

  • Conduct research 6-12 hours per week, for the full 2019-2020 academic year (both Fall and Winter Terms).
  • Engage with a community of student researchers participating in mandatory research seminars held on Tuesday evenings 4:00pm-5:30pm. The seminars are designed to complement your UROP research experience, facilitate your professional development as new scholars/researchers, and get the most out of your research experience.
  • Present research at the annual Spring Research Symposium on Wed., April 22, 2020.
  • Meet with a UROP Peer Facilitator once per month.

Every year, students are placed on the wait list for this program due to the limited availability of placements in UROP. Therefore, any student admitted to this program who fails to adhere to any of the requirements above could result in receiving a failing grade and/or being dismissed from the program.

Mandatory 2019-2020 Seminar Dates

Fall 2019
September 3rd
September 10th
September 17th
October 1st
October 8th
October 22nd
November 5th
November 19th
December 3rd

Winter 2020
January 14th
January 21st
January 28th
February 11th
February 25th
March 10th
March 24th
April 7th

UROP Compensation

Academic Credit Option

Students can earn 2-4 academic credits per term.

Work-Study Option

Work-study students who have applied and accepted their Financial Aid work-study package will receive 1 academic credit per term and hourly compensation.

Federal work-study is a financial aid program for students who have financial need. The program funds part-time jobs for undergraduates, allowing students to earn money to help pay educational expenses. Under the Work-Study program, a percentage of students’ earnings is paid through federal funds, with the remainder paid by UROP.

UROP Program Eligibility

Any incoming first year student who has been admitted and will be attending the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor  OR

A student who is currently attending the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor and with Sophomore standing.

(Please Note:  If you are a current Sophomore participating in UROP and wish to continue participating in UROP as a Junior, you MUST instead apply to the Research Scholars Program.)

Contact Information

For more information about this program, email or phone 734.615.9000.  Please be sure to include your UMID number and/or U-M uniqname in all your correspondence.