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Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program




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​


Awarded 2017-2018 UROP Spring Recipients 

Lindsay Adams
Public Health

Relationship between food environment and food related behavior

Kateryna Biryukova
Bioengineering / Math

Adjusting parameters of 3D bioprinter for primary neurons using SH-SY%Y cell line

Tiffani Breaslain

No Es Facil – An exploration of personal and political expressions in Cuba and the United States

Rebekah Boyd
Biology / Pre-Health

Effect of Socioeconomic Status on Emergency Department Length of Stay and Crowding

Adrian Butler
Art History / Film

The Power of Images: A Study of the Relationship between Society and Art Across the Ages

Kim Cowie

Effects of post weaning social isolation on the activation of oxytocin neurons in the paraventricular nucleus of the hypothalamus in male and female rats with a subsequent social encounter

Erast Davidjuk

Formation of Protein Coronas on Metallic Nanoparticles and Removal of Metallic Cores

Courtney Crawford
Denise Hoth
Roger Oberdier

Ecomorphological analysis of Pliocene Ungulate Limb Bones from Tanzania

Kelly Estes

Investigating evidence of myrmecochory in Penstemon gracillis Nutt. (Plataginaceae)

Ryan Gerstenberger

3D Printed Custom Mask for Pediatric Sleep Apnea Therapy

Holly Hake
River Wood
Psychology / Biology

The effects of MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine) on fear memory reconsolidation for the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Oluwatosin Ibrahim

Effect of physical activity on cricket behavior

Harmanpreet Kang
Marian Evans

Historical Occurrence of Intersex in Fish

Alexander Ho

Pressure Ulcer Prevention

Cameron Mattson

Development of volume-changing shape memory polymer as a gutta percha filling material in root canals

Karim Kazemi

A Qualitative Study of Users’ and Providers’ Views on New HIV-Prevention Medications

Maria Nikulkova

Use of MinION in Genome Assembly of Wetland Archaea

Danielle Miller

Computer modeling of a key step of influenza viral infection: Proton uptake by the M2 channels

Julianna Oviedo

Determining granuphilin’s docking mechanisms through mutation of a membrane binding domain

Khoa Nguyen
Art History

The Impact of Post-War Japanese Fashion on Contemporary New York Fashion Design

Yovana Perez
Psychology / Sociology

Family Planning: A Content Analysis of Popular Women Magazines in English and Spanish

Chloe Pitsch

Computational Study of Olefin Metathesis Reactions with New Ruthenium Catalysts

Damon Pool

Effects of maxtgrix composition on cell migration and viability on a poly(ethylene glycol)-fibrin heart patch

Jessica Romero
Hunter Sauerland
Walter Emery
Electrical Engineering

Multi-Dimensional Approach for Comprehensive Performance Improvement of Microbial Fuel Cell from Microbiological, Chemical, and Electrical Aspects

Carl Schader

Modeling D Region Ionspheric Chemistry to Get Ionspheric Profile Dynamics During Solar Eclipse

Cailey Salagovic

Crossmodal effects of irrelevant auditory stimuli on saccadic eye movement behavior

Austin Skinner

Reactivity between cisplatin and 8-oxo-7,8-dihydroguanosine – the missing link between oxidative stress on RNA and chemotherapeutic agents

Adnan Syed
Public Health

Equity in the Pre-Health Application Cycle: An Analysis of Two Financial Assistance Programs

Philong Than
Art History

Chinese landscape painting theory and its influence on bonsai and related arts

Timothy Spotts

Calcium Inhibition of SLP-2 C2A protein

Robert Wood

Changes in arteriole structure, composition, and stiffness with constant-flow left ventricular assistive devices in pulsatile and laminar flows

Awarded 2017-2018 UROP Fall Recipients 

Beatriz Bermudez
Mech Eng. / Math

Effects of Diet-Induced Obesity on Skeletal Adaptions to Exerciser

Kyle McGrath
Electrical Engineering

Deep Learning Research for Assisting Customers with Disabilities at Shopping Centers

Jessica Durr

Stereological analysis to determine the structural basis for loss of gas exchange in asthma.

Odalis Castro -Landeros
Public Health/ Biochemistry

Sex Differences in Endotoxin-Induced Neonatal Lung Injury: Insights into the Pathogenesis of Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia

Karl Gunselman

An Investigation of the European Union’s Live Music and Audio Engineering Industry

Tish Konz
Computer Science

Simultaneous Localization and Mapping



UROP Grants

How to Apply 

Full and Mini Grants for Srping 2018-2019 are closed at this time.

Mini Grants will be available in Fall 2018. Check back for more details. 

For more information about general requirements and previous application samples, see below.


Mini Grant (Word)​

Full Grant (Word)​

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Application Reminders: 

  • Provide unofficial transcripts
  • Initial and date all applications 
  • If needed, provide IRB approvals 
  • Applications will not be considered if there are any missing materials

General UROP   InformationStudents and Faculty Mentors

Students and Faculty Mentors

UROP information for students (PDF)

UROP information for faculty mentors (PDF)

UROP Rubric (PDF)

Samples of Full Grant applications (PDF)

Samples of Mini-Grant applications (PDF)

UROP Recipients 2013-2016 (PDF)

UROP Recipients 2016-2017 (PDF)

UROP Recipients 2017-2018 (PDF)

UROP Abstracts 2015-2016 (PDF)

UROP Abstracts 2016-2017 (PDF)

 Office of Undergraduate Expereinces

Phone: 303-315-2133 • Fax: 303-315-5829

Street Address: 1380 Lawrence Street, Ste. 1400

Denver, CO 80204


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