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What is UROP?

The UTA Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) facilitates undergraduate participation in faculty-mentored research or creative projects. Funding is awarded to students for a semester while they assume apprenticeship with a faculty mentor’s research group.

UROP will allow you to:

  • Explore academic interests beyond the classroom.

  • Get hands-on experience with research or creative production.

  • Engage in each phase of research activity: developing research plans, writing proposals, conducting research, analyzing data and presenting research results in oral and written form.

  • Participate at the leading edge of technology and broaden experiences in extracurricular activities.

  • Enhance your competitiveness for National Prestigious Scholarships. 

  • Work on cutting edge research—whether you join established research projects or pursue your own ideas.

  • Develop student-faculty relationships for professional references.

  • Acquire academic and professional skills and credentials.

  • Refine your academic and career goals

 

What is expected of UROP students?

Students are expected to:

  • Attend required UTA Undergraduate Research seminars. Attendance will be verified by a sign-in sheet at the event.

  • Present  research at the UROP Forum (at the end of the UROP semester) and present research at UTA’s Annual Celebration of Excellence (ACES) Research Symposium, the National Conference on Undergraduate Research; and/or at a national/international professional conference in the discipline (must be pre-approved by the Office of Undergraduate Research) within three semesters following the initial UROP award semester.

  • Attend research presentations well outside their coursework to broaden their horizons.

  • Consult with the UTA Career Development Center and their College’s Cooperative Education/Internship coordinator to explore Internship opportunities, identify seminars, and obtain and one-to-one help with interviewing and resume writing (Freshman and Sophomores). 

  • Attend at least one PhD Dissertation or Master’s Thesis defense to learn what kinds of research and student expectation levels occur in graduate school (Juniors and Seniors).

  • Meet with their assigned mentors regularly and to discuss their progress, evolving strategic plans, and to identify suitable opportunities for development.

  • Find and attend seminars given by visiting faculty (research seminars) or industry visitors (to obtain a perspective of the industrial environment and problems of interest).  May be required to write a 1-2-page summary for each seminar attended.

  • Complete and submit submitting the following:

    • a 2-page Research Essay

    • a PowerPoint Presentation

    • a Research poster  

  • Complete all required assessment surveys for the programs.

  • Read and respond promptly to correspondence and inquiries from the UTA Undergraduate Research.

 Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident

  • Enrolled in an undergraduate degree program

  • 3.0 cumulative GPA (at UTA), at the time of application

  • Good academic standing

  • Applicants must have an established relationship with a faculty research mentor at the time of application.

  • Applicants must be attending UTA full-time (at least 12 credit hours at the time of application) during the award semester (the summer registration requirement is waived for students who are registered full-time in the previous Spring and following Fall semesters).

  • Faculty mentors must be current UTA faculty members (position title must include ‘professor’).

Underrepresented minority, first college generation, veterans and non-traditional students are encouraged to apply.

 

Application Steps

 Step 1:  Select a faculty mentor of their choice and determining a specific research project. 

 Step 2:  Formulate a research abstract/project proposal in coordination with your faculty mentor.

 Step 3:  Submit application and research abstract/project proposal by the appropriate deadline. Note:  You will need to have consulted with your faculty mentor and prepared your research abstract so that you can submit at the time of application to the program.

UROP Deadline

The application has closed for Fall 2017 UROP. We will begin accepting applications for Spring 2018 in November.

Selection Process

Selection of proposals is made on a competitive basis.  Depending on the number of applicants, additional parameters such as GPA, prior research experience, and class standing may also be considered.  

Compensation

Summer UROP

UROP provides assistantships of $3,000 for students who assist with a faculty member’s research or creative project, or who carryout a project of their own under the supervision of a faculty member.  Students will engage in at least 250 hours of research during the summer (25+ hours per week).

Fall/Spring UROP

UROP provides assistantships of $1,500 for students who assist with a faculty member’s research or creative project, or who carryout a project of their own under the supervision of a faculty member.  Students will engage in at least 160 hours of research during the fall or spring  (10+ hours per week).

Contact

If you have questions, please contact us at UGResearch@uta.edu.