Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)
Division of Undergraduate Education

October 6, 2003

ALL FACULTY AND STUDENTS

Re: Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) Fall Call for Proposals

We are pleased to announce the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) Fall Call for Proposals to support undergraduate research and creative projects. UROP actively supports undergraduates through all phases of their research: proposal writing, developing research plans, resource support, conducting research, analyzing data, and presenting results in oral and written form. These activities reflect the strong commitment of UROP and the Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) to promote undergraduate research activity at UCI.

All undergraduate students in good academic standing and from all disciplines are encouraged to respond to the current call for proposals. Proposals should be prepared by the student applicant and jointly submitted by the student and a faculty member. The UROP Faculty Advisory Board will review the proposals. UROP will fund a varied set of projects, with grants normally less than $1,000.

It is intended that these funds be used for faculty-supervised, individual student research and other creative efforts. 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 or creative activities. These funds cannot support major hardware purchases, salaries or stipends, or travel expenditures only. Proposals requiring no funding, or receiving adequate funding from departmental or other sources, may be submitted for a UROP Honorary Fellowship.

COMPLETE PROPOSALS MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE UROP OFFICE, STUDENT SERVICES II, SUITE 2300, BY 5:00 P.M. ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2003. NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE.

The proposal packet should include:

  • UROP’s standardized Proposal Cover Sheet with correct department account information (available on the UROP Web site: http://www.urop.uci.edu ).
  • The research proposal, which includes the objective of the research project, the student’s specific responsibility and the project’s timeline
  • An itemized budget for the project
  • A letter of support from a faculty sponsor, evaluating the student’s performance to date and capacity to complete the proposed activities
  • The student’s personal statement evaluating her/his research experience and its impact on her/his education
  • If the research involves human subjects or the use of live vertebrate animals, evidence of the appropriate IRB or IACUC submission or approval is required. Please refer to http://www.rgs.uci.edu for guidelines and appropriate forms.

These elements of the proposal submission can be delivered to the UROP Office or sent via e-mail to urop@uci.edu.

Standards for evaluation of funding requests include:

  • Intellectual merit in the student's proposed research activity
  • Thoroughness and completeness of the UROP application packet
  • Level of commitment and support from the faculty
  • Assessment of student's UCI transcript
  • Available Funds

Successful applicants will be notified by January 1, 2004 and may begin to make expenditures immediately. All funds must be expended by June 30, 2004. Students are required to present their research results and findings at the UCI Undergraduate Research Symposium on May 15, 2004, and encouraged to submit a final paper for possible publication in The UCI Undergraduate Research Journal.

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, care of laboratory animals, and patents and copyrights.

Students are encouraged to attend a UROP Proposal Writing Workshop on Thursday, October 23, 2003 from 3:00-5:00 PM in Student Services II, Classroom 1010A/B. For more information and/or a copy of the Proposal Cover Sheet, faculty and students may contact the UROP Office: Student Services II, Suite 2300; Zot Code 5685; Phone: (949) 824-4189; Fax: (949) 824-1607; e-mail: urop@uci.edu.

Sincerely,

Meredith Lee
Dean, Division of Undergraduate Education

Said M. Shokair
Director, Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program