Congratulations UROP Fellows!

Over 1,000 UCI undergraduate students submitted research proposals and received recognition and funding in Fall 2022! Review the Getting Started section of our website and find out how YOU can too!

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What is UROP?

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), housed within the Office of the Vice Provost of Teaching and Learning, assists undergraduate students from ANY academic discipline to find research and creative on-campus opportunities with UCI faculty, or off-campus opportunities with industrial partners, national labs, and other universities. We also provide grants to support UCI faculty-mentored undergraduate research projects and creative activities during the academic year and summer.

Getting Started

 New to UROP?  It’s easy to get started by doing the following:

1. Attend a Workshop or watch the workshop recordings to learn about your options.  Then use these tools to help you choose:

2. Review the UROP Opportunities webpage

3. Stop by Drop-In Hours or come to the office if you have specific questions.

Meet with an Advisor

Completed the steps above and still need help?  

Schedule an appointment with one of our UROP Advisors today!

Ready to get started?

Student Spotlight

Fill out a survey to be considered for a future UROP Student Spotlight

Gerald Lee

Biomedical Engineering major Gerald Lee has gained valuable technical skills and hands-on knowledge through his research. A major challenge for him has been learning how to understand and handle problems in the lab. He says that research “taught me to slow down to consider what the root of the problem is, and analyze every aspect of a problem before making an informed decision.” Gerald has demonstrated his passion for undergraduate research by serving as a 2022–2023 UROP Ambassador.

What advice would you give to a student interested in pursuing a faculty-mentored undergraduate research project or creative activity?

“Just try it! Reach out to that professor and email them! Talk to other people about their experiences! Everyone has a unique experience, and everyone has their story to tell!”

Faculty Spotlight

Fill out a survey to be considered for a future UROP Faculty Spotlight

Professor Bojan Petrovic

Bojan Petrovic, Professor of Global and International Studies sees mentoring students as a natural outgrowth of the work he does in the classes he teaches.

What do you look for and what are your expectations of undergraduates you select to conduct research under your guidance?

“I expect students to be committed to the projects they choose. I emphasize how important it is for them to focus on research methodology and understand the necessity of continuity in the writing process.”

What recommendations and advice would you give students embarking on undergraduate research or creative projects?

“Put your research skills to work. Your findings may not be intuitive.”