Research Scholars Program

The UROP Research Scholars Program is designed for students who want to expand on their first year UROP experience and participate in UROP for a second year at an advanced level. The program is designed for Scholars to increase exposure to their own discipline, broaden their exposure to the range of research across campus, develop practical strategies for identifying and meeting their academic and career goals, and increase their leadership skills.



The 2015-2016 Research Scholars program is available only to students participating in UROP for the first time during the 2014-2015 academic year. In addition, eligible students:

  • Will be an undergraduate at the UM-Ann Arbor Campus during the 2015-2016 academic year
  • Have talked with their UROP mentor about how the student will contribute to the project at an advanced level, and
  • Commit to participating in Research Scholars Fall 2015 and Winter 2016.

Important Dates

  • February 13, 2015: Information Session from 1:00-2:00 USB room 1160
  • February and March: Drop-in hours are posted on our events page. (Additional hours will be posted, so please check back soon!)
  • March 20, 2015: Deadline for online application and online recommendation forms from UROP mentor and peer advisor to be considered for early decision admissions.  If application is completed, but recommendations are not received, you will be considered for regular admissions.
  • April: Early decision admission notifications emailed; deadline for student to accept admissions offer is one week after the email notification is sent.
  • Rolling admissions will continue through mid-summer or until all positions are filled.


Program Components


Research project 

Scholars are expected to utilize the experiences from the first year and expand your role on the UROP research project, learn new skills, increase contributions to the project, and enhance the mentor-mentee relationship with the UROP mentor.


Seminars and assignments 

The seminars and assignments are geared toward advancing your individual academic and career goals, appreciating the breadth of research across campus, and effectively conveying the importance of your research to peers in your discipline as well as to a general audience.

Scholars will help facilitate the seminars. This may include identifying topics, speakers, and learning outcomes, introducing speakers and/or leading discussions.

In the fall Scholars will create an individual academic plan.

During the year, Scholars will participate in a departmental seminar or event to expand your exposure to your discipline and network with varied professionals. All of these experiences and skills will enhance your future academic, career and personal paths as you apply for summer positions, post-baccalaureate internships, graduate school and employment.


2016 UROP Spring Research Symposium 

Most Research Scholars will present posters. There will be an opportunity for a limited number to give performance or oral presentations.


Application Process

  • Talk with your current UROP mentor about how you can work on your project on an advanced level.
  • Click here for the online application.
  • You may start an application and save it.
  • Keep a copy of your work for your records. Once you submit your application, you cannot change it.
  • When you submit the application, your PA and UROP mentor will be emailed links to their recommendation forms.
  • Completed applications, including the two recommendations, received by March 20th will be considered for early admission.
  • Rolling admissions will continue through mid-summer or until all positions are filled. When applications are closed, an announcement will be posted on the UROP website.




Students who have Work-Study as part of their financial aid package may earn work study wages for their work on the research project.

Academic Credit

Students can enroll in UC 280 for no more than 8 credit hours total counting all undergraduate years.

Your first year in UROP/MRC

____ UC280 credit hours Fall 2014

____ UC280 credit hours Winter 2015

          If you participate in Research Scholars

____ Expected UC280 credit hours Fall 2015

____ Expected UC280 credit hours Winter 2016


Add the 4 numbers.  If the total is greater than 8, come to the February or March drop-in hours BEFORE you submit your application.   Bring your UROP mentor’s name, umich email, and department.