UROP

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)

What is UROP?

The Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) enhances undergraduate education by giving students the chance to work on cutting edge research, explore innovative topics, or pursue their own ideas, all under the guidance of a distinguished faculty mentor. UROP provides financial support for students who wish to engage in faculty-mentored research. Financial support includes funds for research stipends, supplies and travel. Over the years, we have funded a broad range of research projects in all disciplines. "Research" is broadly defined and includes disciplines in the arts, grounded in a study of history, theory, or practice. 

As a UROP participant, students will

  • Write a proposal, based on the formulation of research questions
  • Conduct the research
  • Analyze data
  • Write an abstract
  • Publicly communicate the results to the academic community through a presentation at LMU's Undergraduate Research Symposium.
  • Complete interim and final assessment evaluations with faculty mentor.

Many program participants go on to share their work through additional conferences, publications, or other professional opportunities.

Participation in UROP is an intense and intentional program designed to provide students with insight into the research process. Research through UROP takes place under the guidance of a LMU faculty mentor. Please, contact The Office of Undergraduate Research (undergraduate.research@lmu.edu) with any questions.

Why participate in UROP?

Undergraduate research and creative activities are integral components of a top tier education. LMU students use their UROP experiences to work with faculty on research projects, learn about potential majors, gain skills and knowledge to apply to graduate school or to careers after graduation. You will have the opportunity to attend workshops and social events. Most importantly, you will investigate areas of interest intriguing to you!

GOALS OF UROP:

  • To help students establish closer relationships and interactions with faculty outside the classroom.
  • To provide opportunities for students in all disciplines to be active learners.
  • To teach students the elements of the research process by engaging them in a research project.
  • To help students to develop critical thinking, writing, and communication skills.
  • To increase students' opportunities for post-graduate Fellowships, careers in research, and other study.
  • To help students develop self-confidence as independent and innovative thinkers.
  • To help students grow ethically in their understanding of and responsibility to contribute to the world in which we live.

WAYS IN WHICH YOU CAN PARTICIPATE IN UROP:

  • Work Study
  • Academic Credit
  • Volunteer basis

In addition, and on a competitive basis, funding is available for research supplies and materials and for travel to participate in conferences.

CHOOSING A TOPIC:

  • Your research project can be in any discipline including, but certainly not limited to, your major and/or minor. Think about specific classes you have taken or materials you have read that excite you or that you might want to explore.
  • Take a look at papers you wrote or topics you investigated in a previous semester. Using a shorter project on which you have already worked can be a great jumping off point for a longer, more in-depth research project.

FINDING A MENTOR

  • Talk to your academic advisor about your research plans. She or he may be able to direct you toward a specific faculty member whose research interests are related to yours.
  • Think about professors you may have had who work in the field in which you want to engage. Many students in UROP assist with their faculty's research instead of developing an individual faculty-mentored project

EXAMPLES OF PAST STUDENT PROJECTS

  • Check out the Abstracts 2014 from the 7th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium.