student research

Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP)

Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) is designed to support collaborations between UM-Flint undergraduate students and faculty researchers. UROP allows students to earn paid (or volunteer) hands-on research experience working alongside faculty on cutting-edge projects. Additionally, faculty are afforded the opportunity to mentor enthusiastic and talented students.

Because of the diverse nature of the research conducted at UM-Flint, undergraduate students at any level and from any academic discipline can participate in UROP.  Projects are available during three cycles each year in the fall, winter and spring-summer terms.  Once faculty projects are posted each cycle, students can apply via the university’s competition space!

Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE)

UM-Flint offers paid Summer Undergraduate Research Experience opportunities funded through the Recruitment, Retention, and Graduation (RRG) initiative. SURE is designed for undergraduate students who are interested in full or half-time paid summer research opportunities mentored by UM-Flint faculty advisors.  Opportunities are available via the university’s competition space.

Student Funding

Several donors to UM-Flint have expressed an interest in encouraging student research and generously donated funds to provide support for student-initiated research and for travel to attend professional conferences. These endowed funds provide support for original student research ideas, and are intended to encourage individual or group work. Visit Student Funding for more information on funds available, eligibility, and how to apply. 

Graduate Student Research Assistantship (GSRA)

The GSRA program at UM-Flint is a vehicle to provide financial support for the academically-related research activities of active UM-Flint graduate students. A GSRA is an appointment which may be provided to a student in good standing in a UM-Flint graduate degree program who performs personal research (including thesis and dissertation preparation) or who assists UM-Flint faculty performing research that is relevant to his or her academic goals. Appointments to the GSRA program at UM-Flint are made for one or two semesters/terms and are contingent upon the recommendation of an academic department or program and the approval of the Associate Provost and Dean of Graduate Programs.

Research Conferences

Flint Student Research Conference (SRC)
Flint Student Research Conference (SRC) provides the unique opportunity for students at UM-Flint, Kettering University, and Mott Community College to gather for a day of sharing their faculty-mentored research, scholarship, and creative activities. This collaborative event showcases multi-disciplinary research from the arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and applied sciences. Students present the results of their scholarly and creative endeavors through oral or poster presentations or with live performances and demonstrations. Additionally, student presenters have the opportunity to have their manuscripts published in the annual conference proceedings.

Students who present at the SRC are also eligible to submit their research for publication in the conference’s proceedings, more formally referred to as the Journal of Student Research.

Meeting of Minds Undergraduate Conference (MOM)
Since 1993, the annual Meeting of Minds Undergraduate Conference (MOM) has provided a forum for the presentation and publication of undergraduate research and creative activities. As a collaborative effort between the University of Michigan-Flint, University of Michigan-Dearborn, and Oakland University, MOM showcases the results of student-faculty collaboration in research and creative activities from across all academic disciplines. Students who present at MOM not only have a unique opportunity to share the results of their work, but also have the opportunity to publish their work in our annual Meeting of Minds Journal. Undergraduates who are contemplating involvement in research should also attend to learn about exciting future possibilities.

Students who present at MOM are also eligible to submit their research for publication in the conference’s proceedings, more formally referred to as the Journal of Undergraduate Research.