1. What role can a UROP student play in my research project? UROP student assistants can aid you in a variety of areas including (but not limited to): conducting library research, assisting in book and/or course development, laboratory research, transcription, survey research, community-based research projects, performance arts, and computer technology applications. Assignments can be as diverse as your research allows. This very useful guide provides tip on how to successfully mentor students.
  2. How much can a student earn to work on my project? UROP allows a student to earn a maximum of $500 per term. Students also have the option to apply any work-study funds they've been awarded or count any unpaid UROP hours as service hours with the Commitment to Service program.
  3. What are some advantages of working with a UROP student? UROP students often bring enthusiasm and a fresh viewpoint to the project. Equally as important, UROP students can provide much needed assistance in expediting your research by doing important tasks time may not allow you to do yourself.
  4. What are reasonable expectations of a UROP student? With training, UROP fellows can make significant contributions to a research project. Initially, less experienced researchers may need closer supervision. But over time, the student will be able to increase his/her level of participation and become a more independent worker. Faculty sponsors are encouraged to meet with the student to review their progress.
  5. What if my student assistant only has limited knowledge about research? In many cases, students may have an interest in doing research but may not have the knowledge that comes with formal training. We recommend you refer your student(s) to this excellent site. *Note: while the contents of this site specifically address biosciences, it is a valuable tool for any students involved in research.*
  6. How do I register my project for UROP? You can register your project here
  7. Does my project need to be approved by the IRB?  The Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (Common Rule) defines human subjects as “…a living individual about whom an investigator (whether professional or student) conducting research obtains (1) data through intervention or interaction with the individual, or (2) identifiable private information.” If either of the following is true, your research activity involves human subjects. Once your project has been submitted to UROP, we will work closely with our Insitutional Review Board to determine whether or not it must be reviewed and approved.
  8. My project has been approved. Now what? If your project has been approved, you will be notified via email with an acceptance letter and your project be added to the UROP InfoReady competition space. When your project is added to the listings in InfoReady, students will be able to search for and apply to it. You will be responsible for reviewing the students' applications and making your decision on which student(s) to place on your project. Selected students must satisify all the University requirements before starting. 
  9. How many students can I hire? UROP allows up to three students per project, per term.
  10. How is the student’s time recorded? All students are required to submit bi-weekly timesheets. Faculty sponsors (or an approved signer) are responsible for endorsing the timesheets prior to submission to ORSP.
  11. What if I experience a problem with my student? Contact UROP if you experience performance or communication issues with your student. We will be happy to work with you to resolve the problem. If a resolution cannot be made, you have the option to remove a student from your project.
  12. What if I want to continue my project next term? If you wish to continue with an ongoing project for additional terms, a Project Extension Form must be submitted during the 30-day application window during the funding term. Additionally, students will have to reapply to your InfoReady competition for each term they wish to be on your project.