IURP

Independent Undergraduate Research Program (IURP)

What is IURP?

The Independent Undergraduate Research Program encourages students to explore and undertake independent research and creative projects during the academic year by providing an academic alternative to federal work-study positions.

IURP provides funding through work-study or academic credit to undergraduate students completing independent research projects under faculty mentorship. In addition, IURP offers administrative support, guidance and a community of undergraduate research and creative artists and scholars.

Beginning Fall 2019, IURP replaced the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) 

As a IURP 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 IURP 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 (student.research@lmu.edu) with any questions.

Why participate in IURP?

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 IURP:

  • 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 IURP:

  • 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 IURP assist with their faculty's research instead of developing an individual faculty-mentored project