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Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program

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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:

  • Maintain daily research log.

  • Attend and participate in OUER approved activities such as, but not limited to: monthly meetings, seminars, workshops, symposiums, conferences, and research/educational events. Attendance will be verified by a sign-in sheet at the event.

  • Present research at the UROP closing meeting (at the end of the UROP semester) and present research at appropriate research symposia in the student's college/school, the National Conference on Undergraduate Research; and/or at a national/international professional conference in the discipline.

  • 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 one-to-one help with interviewing and resume writing (Freshmen 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 the following:

    • a 2-page Research Essay

    • an Undergraduate Research Reflection Essay

    • a PowerPoint Presentation

    • a Research poster  

  • Complete all required pre and post experience assessment surveys for the program.

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

 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-generation in college, veterans and non-traditional students are encouraged to apply.


Application Steps

 Step 1:  Select a faculty mentor of your choice and determine 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.

Spring 2019 UROP Deadline

For Spring 2019, the student application and research abstract must be received no later than January 3, 2019.  

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.  


Summer UROP

UROP provides assistantships of $3,000 for students who assist with a faculty member’s research or creative project, or who carry out 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).


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