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Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP)

                                       General Information 

The CU Denver Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) is a competitive program designed to financially support research projects for CU Denver undergraduate students.  Undergraduate research is an opportunity to extend learning outside the traditional classroom, laboratory, or studio; to utilize creativity and curiosity in the development of new knowledge, art, or innovation; to become more self-confident and independent; and to gain experience in presenting results to peers and mentors. UROP supports student projects under the broadest possible definition of “research.”  All declared undergraduate students, independent of college or school, are eligible for UROP research funds. 
One of the important collaborations for undergraduate research is the mentoring from a faculty member experienced in discipline-specific research or creative methodology.  Whether the UROP project is student or faculty initiated, it is important that a UROP student work closely with the faculty mentor to define realistic goals and a timeframe for the project, and support the student preparation of the final report.

Approximately 20-40 UROP applications (Full and Mini-Grants) are awarded each spring semester. The UROP spring applications window is from mid-January until the application deadline, which is typically the first week in March.  Funds to support Mini UROP awards are also available during the fall semester. The UROP fall applications window is from mid-July until the application deadline, which is typically the third week in September. The electronic UROP applications can be downloaded from this website page. A detailed rubric is also provided in a link that can guide a student's submission and the criteria that should be included for the Reviewing Committee’s consideration.

Only degree-seeking undergraduate students on either campus at CU Denver who have completed a minimum of 15 semester hours of coursework with a cumulative CU GPA of 2.5 or higher are eligible to apply.  Recipients must be continuously enrolled as undergraduates at CU Denver to receive funding.  Students who are entering a graduate or professional program during the award period are not eligible to apply or receive funds.  The cost of tuition is not covered, as a UROP grant is not a scholarship.  All UROP awardees are required to present the results of their grant at the CU Denver annual Research and Creative Activities Symposium (RaCAS) and complete a final report. 

For additional questions not covered on this website page, please contact Mary Baitinger at the Office of Undergraduate Experiences at 303-315-2133 or​

2016-2017 UROP Full Grant Recipients:

Please join the following 2016-17 UROP awardees at the
Research and Creative Activities Symposium (RaCAS) in 2017:  

2016-2017 UROP Mini-Grant Recipients:

Please join the following 2016-17 UROP awardees at the
Research and Creative Activities Symposium (RaCAS) in 2017:




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