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Getting Started:

  1. Find a Faculty Sponsor: Every UROP participant must have a faculty sponsor, whether they are working on an idea of their own or assisting with a faculty member’s on-going research. To find a faculty sponsor, talk to professors in your department about your interest in research to see if any faculty members are currently looking for an undergraduate researcher. You may also consult our Faculty Directory, which has information on faculty members seeking undergraduate researchers in every academic department.
  2. Volunteer: Once you have joined with a faculty sponsor on a research project or a project of your own design, you must spend a period of time volunteering so you may learn the research well enough to apply to UROP. In a project of your own design, you must allow sufficient time for preparation to undertake the research/creative activity you have planned. In order to apply to UROP you must have the knowledge to write a 4-6 page research proposal outlining the work to be accomplished. This may take anywhere from 2-15 weeks dependent upon the lab, research group or project.
  3. Apply for a UROP Assistantship: Go to the Guide to Application for a full list of instructions on how to apply. Deadlines for applying for a UROP Assistantship begin weeks before the semester starts. Please keep updated on our Checklist & Deadlines page.
  4. UROP Application:
    -Complete the application form
    -Write a 4-6 page narrative description of the project proposal written by the student, signed by the student and the faculty sponsor. 
    • Sample Proposal 1 • Sample Proposal 2 • Sample Proposal 3 • Sample Proposal 4
    -Two letters of recommendation
    -University of Utah Transcript

The College of Social and Behavioral Science has always prided itself on its cutting-edge research—not only from faculty, but students as well. Though best represented from psychology, economics, and political science, students in various departments of the college participate in the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), which provides them the chance to work with world-renown faculty members on research or creative projects.

The benefits of undergraduate students participating in research are many. UROP provides assistantships up to $1200 per semester for any first-time UROP students, and up to $600 for a renewal semester. They also have the opportunity to present their research at a variety of conferences and a symposium, and get their work published in the annual Undergraduate Abstracts Journal.

Student Testimonials

Andrew Choi

"For me, the social and psychological coursework came to life through doing research. My mentors in CSBS supported me in developing into a researcher that can independently link observable human behavior and class materials to research questions and real-life applications."

Karen Yu
Health Society and Policy

"Taking part in research has been one of the best experiences I've had at the U. There's only so much you can learn in classes, and it's research that will teach you the rest."

Rachel Wootton
Environmental and Sustainability Studies
Political Science

 "My project gave me one on one experience working with faculty and graduate students in my department in addition to teaching me about accountability and professional research guidelines and expectations. I would recommend that all undergraduate students at the U participate in research during their time here and take advantage of the many sources of funding/support that are available." 

Melanie Cooke
Environmental and Sustainability Studies

"Being an older student, the UROP program was the best thing I have completed in my college career. I think so many older students feel they don't have what it takes or that it's just for the younger, brainy students and I think that is a shame. Working closely with faculty is a great opportunity and gives you a feel for what graduate school is all about." 

Last Updated: 2/9/17