The UCI Undergraduate Research Symposium, held in May of each year, is an exciting opportunity for undergraduate students from all disciplines to present their research and celebrate their achievements.
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.
What kind of research can I engage in? Do I have to be a certain major?
Students from ALL majors are highly encouraged to get involved in research! The most common types of research UCI students engage in include:
- Individual & Group Projects
- Laboratory, Design, or Artistic Projects
- Senior Theses/Literature Review
- Scholarly Work in Humanities/Social Sciences
- Surveys/Interviews/Psychology Experiments/Observational Studies
How much of a time commitment is required?
Generally, 10-15 hours per week during the academic year. Most faculty mentors would like a commitment of one year. Summer commitments vary and are typically more hours per week.
Can I get academic credit?
For the most part, yes. Many students take a 199 or other Independent Study courses. However, it can vary, and you will need to discuss this with your faculty mentor.
How can I sign-up for UROP research?
UROP does not offer research projects to “sign-up” for. Our role is to advise you on how you can work on UCI faculty-mentored research projects. UROP Advisors will coach you on how to discover your research interests, seek out the guidance of a faculty mentor, and apply for funding to help you reach your goals.
What if I have more questions?
We will be adding more FAQs, but in the meantime, follow the steps under “Getting Started” so that we can assist you!