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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2018-2019 UROP AWARDEES!