Research and creative activities are an integral
component of the education undergraduates receive at UCI, regardless
of their career choice. UROP provides funding in support of UCI
faculty-mentored undergraduate research and creative projects.
Students can apply for funding by submitting a proposal during Calls
for Proposals in the Fall and Spring Quarters of each school
The Calls are announced on this Web site and distributed
to faculty members and the undergraduate counseling offices. Students
have approximately one month from the announcement to submit their
proposals. All UCI undergraduate students from all disciplines
majors who are participating in a research or creative project
with a UCI faculty mentor and are in good academic standing are
to respond to the current Call
Proposals should be prepared by the student applicant and jointly
submitted by the student and the faculty mentor. This program funds
a variety of projects with grants up to $1,000 for individual projects,
although higher amounts can be awarded for group projects. The
UROP Faculty Advisory Board reviews proposals and makes the funding
Funds can be used to support such expenditures
as the purchase of materials and supplies, research-related travel,
and the costs
incurred in the presentation of research projects or creative activities.
These funds cannot support major hardware purchases, salaries or
stipends, or travel expenditures only. Proposals that do not require
funding or are already receiving adequate funding from departmental
or other sources may be submitted for the UROP Honorary Fellowship.
UROP Research Abroad Fellowship
The UROP Research Abroad Fellowship recognizes research or creative projects conducted abroad by UCI undergraduates under the guidance of UCI faculty, or projects resulting directly from an undergraduate's experience abroad. Proposed projects must be submitted online and in response to the regular Fall or Spring UROP Call for Proposals.
Special Fall Calls for Proposals
UROP has announced five Special Fall Calls for Proposals as a collaboration between UROP and other initiatives. UCI undergraduates from all disciplines who are conducting research projects or creative activities under the guidance of UCI faculty are encouraged to apply. Proposed projects must be submitted online and in response to the regular Fall UROP Call for Proposals. To be considered for this Special Call for Proposals, the project title must begin with the words "Special Call."
Topics of inquiry and investigation may include: mentorship and leadership development, navigation of multiple roles, disparities in healthcare—women’s health across the lifespan, gender and socialization of women, self-efficacy and self-esteem—psychological health of women, women and athletics, violence against women, queer/feminist theory, gender, culture and social change, sociology of law, women and sexuality, women’s contribution to the economic marketplace, and women’s career development. Funded in part by the UCI Women’s Empowerment Initiative, which has a primary goal of serving and empowering the next generation of women leaders in a global society through educational programming, leadership opportunities, research and scholarship.
Topics of inquiry and investigation may include: multidisciplinary research projects encompassing computer gaming and related academic areas and applications, such as programming, design, cognitive or behavioral studies, neurobiology and education. These studies will help us see the world differently through immersive visualization and virtual tours, allow us to interact and socialize with global communities and understand and create technology and applications that enrich and help us learn more about each other and improve our quality of life. They represent new performance art and author a new media history of artificial worlds. And they offer novel insights on how humans interact with computers, and with each other in virtual environments. Funded in part by the UCI Esports initiative, which is built on five pillars of competition, academics & research, community, entertainment, and careers.
Anteater Recreation Center "Laboratory"
Topics of inquiry and investigation may include: physical activity and exercise related research in areas including, but not limited to, fitness and lifelong health, women and fitness, psychological health of students, demographic differentiation and barriers and facilitators to participation, intersection of health, well-being and the university environment, public health, nutrition, technology and fitness, holistic health, links to other behaviors, injury and illness, program design and goal achievement and other potential multidisciplinary studies. Funded in part by Campus Recreation, where the Anteater Recreation Center (ARC) is an ideal location to facilitate research opportunities involving regular exercise given its transformative effects on many aspects of physical and mental wellbeing.
Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM)
Stemming from the Arts’ new program in Emergent Media + Design and the Beall Center for Art + Technology, proposals should emphasize innovative art-making techniques, interdisciplinary design (i.e. computational, intermedia, or interactive experiences, platforms, or objects), builder or maker-inspired projects, and/or socially engaged technologies. Supported projects will become part of the Beall Center’s ongoing Emergent Design Lab Projects (EDLP). Examples of applicable projects are: A video game that may help Alzheimer’s patients better recall information; A system for recycling single-use plastics to make sustainable 3D printer filament; An art-making technique that uses biological data and amino acids to create beaded jewelry; Data visualization software that uses color and sound to track and manipulate stress levels in users; Projection mapping that can be used for more accurate fabrication methods for designers; etc.
A collaboration between the Office of Inclusive Excellence (OIE) and the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) and within the framework of the Provost Experiential Alliances to Confront Extremism (PEACE), UCI faculty proposed projects that will engage undergraduate or graduate students in opportunities to honor free speech while developing campus action strategies in one of three focus areas: Confronting the denial of our common humanity, Confronting the denial of science, and Broadening critical inquiry through course experiences. These projects are part of the Multidisciplinary Design Program (MDP); please see the MDP Web pages to apply.
Students supported by UROP must adhere to UCI's
research conduct rules dealing with health
and environmental issues, research ethics, use of humans
as experimental subjects, and
care of laboratory animals, as well as patents and copyrights.
Effective Fall 2017, all undergraduate students who are lead researchers on faculty-mentored human subjects research that meets the criteria for exempt review must submit the UROP Exempt Review Protocol Narrative.
Additional research conduct guidelines and appropriate
forms are available at the following Web site: http://www.research.uci.edu/.