Fall 2003 Call for Proposals

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) Fall Call for Proposals has been announced with an extended deadline of November 10, 2003. UCI Undergraduate students from all disciplines who are currently involved in faculty-mentored undergraduate research or creative projects are encouraged to apply.

Proposal packets can now be submitted online by providing appropriate information about the undergraduate researchers, their faculty mentors and additional details related to the proposed project. These required data elements are summarized in one document (formerly known as UROP Proposal Cover Sheet). In addition, submitters will be asked to upload additional documents including the proposal, and a personal statement for each undergraduate group member, as applicable.

Before you start the online submission process, please make sure you have the following information:

  • For each undergraduate researcher directly involved in the proposed project, you need to provide his/her name, UCI student ID number, major(s), title and number of units for each research-related course he/she is enrolled in, expected graduation date, educational goals, career goals, research interests and prior research experience (if any), current mailing address, phone number, e-mail address, and an electronic version of his or her personal statement. A personal statement outlines the student’s background, future plans, and how the research experience will impact his/her education and future career.
  • For each faculty member directly involved in mentoring the proposed project, you need to provide his/her name, home department, e-mail address, phone number, and UCI address.
  • You will be asked to provide details about the proposed project, including: title of the project, IRB or IACUC approval and protocol numbers (if applicable), funding request total, other funding you might have received in support of this project, and a Department Accounting Contact’s name, phone number, and e-mail address. You will also be asked to upload an electronic version of the proposal, which includes a topic or thesis statement, the background or introduction, the objective or significance of your project, methods, expected results, specific responsibilities of the student(s), project's timeline, and budget details and justification. With your permission, we will download a copy of your transcript, therefore, you do not need to provide it to us. For more details on how to prepare a proposal, please review the Proposal Guidelines and for examples, review the Sample Proposals.

Please note that in the case of group projects, only one submission per project is needed. A confirmation via e-mail will be sent to the undergraduate researcher(s) and faculty mentor(s) once the submission has been received. This confirmation will provide a secure link that would allow students and faculty mentors to access and update the submission. In addition, faculty mentors will be asked to upload one letter of recommendation per project, which would evaluate the student's performance to date and capacity to complete the proposed activities.

To begin your proposal submission process, click here for the
UROP Proposal Submission Form

The Process

Proposals are evaluated based on the intellectual merit of the studentís research, a complete application, the level of support from the faculty mentor, student transcripts, and available funding. Successful applicants will be notified by the end of Fall or Spring Quarter, depending on the cycle you have applied for, and may begin to make expenditures immediately or cover expenses you incurred during the quarter of submission.

Your award letter will indicate the method that you will be awarded the grant. Funds will be either transferred to a departmental account or will be awarded directly to you as a stipend. For awards that will be transferred to departmental accounts, please contact your faculty mentor and the appropriate departmental business manager to expend the funds for your project. If you submitted a Fall Proposal, then all funds must be expended by June. If you submitted a Spring Proposal, all funds must be expended by the end of the following June.

A final report on the project activities and findings is required of all UROP Fellows. Instead, students can submit a paper for possible publication in The UCI Undergraduate Research Journal. A student is also required to present at the following year's UCI Undergraduate Research Symposium. For more examples or more help, browse through some Sample Proposals and our Researcher Handbook.


Fall 2003 Call for Proposals
Extended Deadline: Monday, November 10, 2003
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