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Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program



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​











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UROP Grants

How to Apply 

Full 2019 UROP Grant applications will be due by Friday, March 1, 2019, 5:00 p.m. MT.


2019-2020 Full Application

Full Grant (Word)​

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An online electronic version of the full application is being developed and will be uploaded by mid-December 2018.​

Fall 2019 Mini Grant

This will be due mid-September 2019.

Sample PDF of electronic application​

Link to electronic application


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   Information -   Students 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)

UROP Abstracts 2017-2018 (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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