- Application Process
- UROP Contract
- Student Employment Paperwork
- Timesheet submission
- Extending or Ending the Project
- Tips for UROP Success
Faculty sponsors will begin by submitting a Faculty Project Application. The application highlights all of the specifications of your project. Faculty sponsors are free to list a specific student with whom they would like to work. Unless requested otherwise, the project will be posted on the Available Projects page; accessible to any interested UROP students.
When a faculty sponsor selects a UROP student researcher, a UROP contract must be completed and signed by both parties. The student will not be able to start work on the project for UROP compensation without a signed contract. The contract indicates whether the student is utilizing work-study or receiving direct payment through UROP. Also, the contract specificies the student's hourly salary as you have negotiated it (cannot exceed $15/hr).
Student Employment Paperwork
Paid and work-study students MUST complete ALL University Employment paperwork BEFORE doing ANY work. Instructions are provided for students on completing the U of M employment paperwork. Faculty cannot begin working with a student through UROP until they have received notification from the Office of Research staff.
Students are required to submit timesheets on a bi-weekly basis, signed by the faculty sponsor. An authorized signer may be assigned if necessary (e.g. the departmental secretary). Students participating in UROP cannot be paid without signed timesheets. Timesheets must be turned in to the Office of Research on specified dates, printed directly on the form. Timesheets may be hand-delivered or sent through campus mail. Any timesheets submitted after the time deadline will be processed in the next pay period. Timesheets can be picked up in the Office of Research at any time.
*In the event a physical timesheet cannot be produced (i.e. because of school closings or if the faculty is away), the student can email the faculty sponsor their hours (dates and in/out times). The faculty sponsor will then forward the email to Andre Louis at email@example.com, verifying the hours submitted.
Extending or Ending the Project
In the event that the faculty sponsor would like to continue their project, they may apply for a Project Extension. Project extensions will be awarded based on funding availablility.
As the project has reached its conclusion, faculty sponsors are encouraged to evaluate both their student assistant(s) and their overall UROP experience. Evaluation forms are available in the Office of Research or by clicking here. These evaluation forms will be confidential. Additionally, we strongly encourage the faculty sponsor to assist their student(s) in preparing the project results as an oral or poster or presentation that may be used in the Meeting of Minds Undergraduate Research Conference (MOM) and/or the UM-Flint Student Research Conference (SRC).
Tips for UROP Success
For your UROP project to be successful, you should adhere to the following guidelines:
Offer a project that academically stimulating, as opposed to menial work.
Clearly describe the project's activities before hand (i.e. in your project application).
Meet with the student(s) on a regular basis to discuss progress, project concerns, etc.
Sign bi-weekly timesheets (or designate an authority) to verify hours worked by the student.
Contact us immediately if there are any problems with the student(s).
Provide the opportunity for students to be given increasing levels of responsibility as the project progresses.