Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) provides undergraduate students with faculty mentorship and active learning, creating valuable opportunities to build their knowledge while being challenged in new ways.

About UROP

Undergraduate students can explore their academic and career interests, apply classroom learning to innovative research, and prepare for a career or graduate school while working closely with a University of Minnesota faculty member. Through UROP, students can partner with a faculty member on research, scholarly and creative projects, or work on a project of their own creation with faculty oversight.

Program Benefits

With eligibility open to all undergraduate students taking at least six credits, UROP offers a valuable opportunity to:

Plan your career

Gain experience that will help clarify your interests and career path


See the world

UROP offers international funding for researchers who wish to study abroad

Prepare for graduate school

Practical research experience looks good on an application


Expand your network

Connect with students and faculty who share your passion for research

Get paid

UROP research assistants and students are paid for their efforts


Build your communication skills

Research can be shared through presentations at the Undergraduate Research Symposium and National Conference on Undergraduate Research

How to Apply


Write a detailed project proposal following the UROP guidelines


Enlist a faculty member to collaborate with you on the project


Fill out the Application Form and submit the proposal


Request your faculty member fill out the Recommendation Form

Application Deadline


Research project applications are due by the end of February, but applicants who apply early are more likely to gain project approval.

You’ll be notified of your project’s status approximately 6 to 8 weeks after the application deadline.


If you need help finding an ISyE faculty mentor or determining a project, reach out to Katie Sharpe in Student Services at isyeundergrad@umn.edu or (612) 625-4469.

More information about UROP can be gathered from the following links:


Ready to Apply?

Before applying, be sure to have the required forms filled out and a faculty member chosen. Contact the Office of Undergraduate Education at urop@umn.edu or call (612) 625-3853 with any questions during the application process.