Friday, July 20, 2012

Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program seeks research partners for 2012–2013

Tags: deans updates, research

The Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) is recruiting research partners for the coming academic year. UROP creates research partnerships between undergraduate students and faculty, research scientists, and postdoctoral scholars from across the University of Michigan community. If you are interested in involving a student in your research project or scholarship, you can read more about the program and complete the online one-page application (current sponsors should apply here).

The short application asks you to provide a half-page description of your project (goals, objectives, and methodology), what tasks you want the student to do, minimum qualifications, number of hours per week, and contact information for setting up interviews in early September.

Below is some additional information on UROP:

  • UROP is open to first- and second-year students and community college transfer students. In September you will have the opportunity to interview and select the students you wish to invite into your project.
  • Students participate in the program the entire academic year from late September to May.
  • UROP provides research skill building workshops including Matlab, GIS, Endnote, SPSS, STATA, and Refworks.
  • Supplementary research funding of $500 per student is available to cover research-related expenses.
  • UROP students participate in the program for academic credit or work-study support. If the student participates for work-study, UROP pays student wages, if applicable, and manages all paperwork. The research experiences for both groups should be identical.
  • All UROP students are assigned a peer advisor who is a former UROP participant. Peer advisors provide an important link between you and your student if problems arise.
  • You provide six to twelve hours of work per week, supervise the student’s progress, and assign a grade each term.

Please contact Sandy Gregerman or Katy Downs if you have questions about the program or would like to speak to a UROP sponsor from the School of Education. Applications are due by September 15. However, to have access to the largest pool of applicants, please submit your application by August 15.

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