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 semester during the Fall and Winter terms and $250 per semester during the Spring and Summer terms. In all, a student can earn up to $1,500 for the entire academic year.
  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, undergraduate student researchers can make significant contributions to the 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 add your project to the UROP listing 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? When your project has been approved, you will be notified via email with an acceptance letter and your project be added to our Project listings. Once you are ready to begin a project, your student(s) must satisify all UROP requirements before starting. 
  9. Who will select the student(s) to work on my project? Past assessments have indicated that faculty work better with students they personally select. However, UROP can provide assistance in locating interested students in the event that you are unable to locate an assistant.
  10. How is the student’s time recorded? All students are required to submit bi-weekly timesheets. Timesheet due dates; which correspond with the University's schedule; are listed on the timesheets themselves will also be communicated as a reminder from the UROP staff. 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 semester? If you are continuing with an ongoing project for additional semesters, a Project Extension Form must be provided for each semester the student works.