About UROP

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) in the Division of Undergraduate Education encourages and facilitates research and creative activities by undergraduates from all schools and academic disciplines at UCI. Research opportunities are available not only from every discipline, interdisciplinary program, and school, but also from many outside agencies, including national laboratories, industrial partners, and other universities. UROP offers assistance to students and faculty through all phases of the research process, whether it is with proposal writing, developing research plans through project management skills, awarding grants to fund research projects, scholarly journal writing through The UCI Undergraduate Research Journal, or presenting results of the research or creative project through the UCI Undergraduate Research Symposium. This experience provides students with the necessary skills to succeed in their future careers. Conducting research and creative activities should be an integral component of the education undergraduates receive at UCI, regardless of their career choice.

 

Vision and Mission

The mission of UROP is to integrate undergraduate students into the research culture of the University by providing opportunities for faculty and students to work together on research and creative projects. UROP helps support both the research mission of the University and its educational programs while promoting an undergraduate research culture at UCI. We foster collaborations between students, faculty, corporate entities and government agencies to prepare the undergraduate researcher for the challenges of tomorrow. By providing professional environments conducive to research advancement and career skills development, UROP provides students with unique opportunities to develop a wide variety of skills that will be useful in any future career or educational plans. By engaging students in research and creative opportunities, we hope to inspire in them a life-long passion for discovery and inquiry-based learning.

 

History & Accomplishments

Launched in 1995, UROP has grown sharply in recent years and has received wide support from the faculty, including the active involvement of the UROP Faculty Advisory Board. UROP announced its first Call for Proposals in the Spring of 1996, has managed the UCI Undergraduate Research Symposium since 1997, started publishing The UCI Undergraduate Research Journal in 1998, and began the Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) in 2001. In 2005, UROP expanded its summer offerings, sponsoring the Inter-Disciplinary Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (ID-SURE) and Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship in Information Technology (SURF-IT). An additional summer program, the Edwards Lifesciences Summer Undergraduate Research Program (E-SURP), was launched in 2011.

The Multidisciplinary Design Program (MDP), also launched in 2011, provides an opportunity for students to work as part of research design teams during the school year. In addition to these programs for UCI students only, the Integrated Micro/Nano Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (IM-SURE), first offered in 2005, and the Biophotonics Summer Undergraduate Program (B-SURP), launched in 2010, offer students from around the country the opportunity to experience UCI's world-class research environment.

The number of student projects funded by UROP has increased to more than 450 per year, involving more than 650 students; nearly 200 students have participated in SURP annually. Additionally, The UCI Undergraduate Research Journal now receives more than 70 submissions each year, and the UCI Undergraduate Research Symposium includes more than 500 presentations of undergraduate work and involves more than 800 students.

 

Our Future

Our development reflects the contributions of our participants and strategic partners. Undergraduate researchers, faculty mentors, leaders in government, industry and the community look to UROP to establish a network of cooperation that extends beyond the realm of academia. UROP provides an opportunity for all our participants to interact in this network to further individual goals and the development of the entire cooperative. UROP protects the integrity of this network by adhering to principles of trust, communication, cooperation, and high morals and ethics.

 

UROP Programs
UROP assists undergraduates in ANY discipline in finding research and creative on-campus opportunities with UCI faculty or off-campus opportunities with industrial partners, national labs, and other universities.

UROP provides grants in support of UCI faculty-mentored undergraduate research projects and creative activities. The two separate Calls for Proposals for these grants are announced in the Fall and Spring Quarters of each school year.

UROP sponsors the UCI Undergraduate Research Symposium, an annual event held in May that allows hundreds of undergraduates the opportunity to present their research findings or creative activities in a professional setting. The Symposium Call for Abstracts is announced to all faculty and undergraduates in the Winter Quarter of every year.

The UCI Undergraduate Research Journal, produced by UROP, is a compilation of outstanding papers by UCI undergraduate students who have completed faculty-mentored research projects or creative activities. The Call for Papers for the Journal is announced to all faculty and undergraduates early in Spring Quarter of every year.

The Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) provides stipends for UCI undergraduates who are conducting summer research projects or creative activities under the guidance of UCI faculty members and have completed at least one quarter of research experience. The Call for Proposals for this grant is issued in the Spring Quarter of each academic year.

The Inter-Disciplinary Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (ID-SURE) provides funding for UCI undergraduates from all disciplines who are conducting interdisciplinary summer research projects or creative activities related to health promotion and disease prevention under the guidance of UCI faculty members. The Call for Proposals for this grant is issued in the Spring Quarter of each academic year.

The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship in Information Technology (SURF-IT), offered through Calit2, provides a unique 10-week summer research opportunity for UCI undergraduates to become immersed in IT-related research and applications. The application deadline for this Program is in the Spring Quarter of each year.

The Edwards Lifesciences Summer Undergraduate Research Program (E-SURP), a collaboration between UROP and the Edwards Lifesciences Center for Advanced Cardiovascular Technology, provides funding for UCI undergraduates who are conducting summer research projects or creative activities under the guidance of UCI faculty members associated with the Edwards Lifesciences Center. The Call for Proposals for this grant is issued in the Spring Quarter of each year.

The Multidisciplinary Design Program (MDP) will engage UCI undergraduate students from all disciplines in five-member design teams, co-mentored by at least two faculty mentors from different schools. Participants will have the opportunity to choose from a variety of innovative and creative design projects related to the areas of energy, environment, healthcare, and culture. The application deadline for this Program is in the Fall Quarter of each year.

The Integrated Micro/Nano Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (IM-SURE) provides a unique 10-week summer research opportunity for undergraduates to become fully immersed in cutting-edge micro/nano research and applications. The application deadline for this Program is late in the Winter Quarter of each academic year.

The Biophotonics Summer Undergraduate Program (B-SURP) at the Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic (BLIMC) provides undergraduate and high school students with a 9-week immersion experience in Biophotonics, Biomedical Optics, and Medical Translational Technology. The application deadine for this Program is in the Winter Quarter of each year.