Thank you…

…to the many students who applied for our Fall programs. We will announce the results for all of them by the end of Finals Week!

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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

Sidra Asad Ali

As part of the Looking Back, Moving Forward project, Public Health Sciences major Sidra Ali interviewed leaders of local non-profits that serve the Asian American community in Orange County about how COVID-19 has made lasting changes in the community. Asked about the benefits of her research experience, Sidra said that it “has allowed me to see what I learn in the classroom be brought to life. It was really cool to see a real-life example of what we were learning in class be present in my research project.” She also credits her experience with helping her focus her interests toward a future research career. Sidra has demonstrated her passion for undergraduate research by serving as a 2021–2023 UROP Ambassador.

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

“Apply for everything that you are interested in, even if you feel that you are under qualified. Remember that everyone starts somewhere, and you might miss out on opportunities if you don’t try.”

Faculty Spotlight

Professor Michael D. Lee

Michael D. Lee, Professor of Cognitive Sciences, has worked with undergraduates since arriving at UCI in 2006. He enjoys their enthusiasm and hopes to help them develop an appreciation for the usefulness of computational approaches to psychological problems and to understand what an effortful, creative, and rewarding process research can be.

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

“I look for enthusiasm for the research process, which is a mix of creativity and grind, slow progress and sudden insight, and reflecting and doing. I especially like student-initiated projects in the realm of cognitive data science—some real-world corpus of behavior a student has come across that can be understood in terms of psychological theories.”

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

“Professors do not expect you to have the skills or experience to make an immediate research contribution. The goal of undergraduate research is to gain exposure, skills, and confidence through mentoring, and to find ways for you to contribute to knowledge in a collaborative way. Be prepared to find ways to contribute, ask lots of questions, and seek out opportunities to learn.”