UROP staff are dedicated to assisting students and faculty with all aspects of the undergraduate research process—from finding suitable research or creative opportunities with the right mentor, through writing a proposal, to presenting results.
Sharon Parks, Director
Interests: Travel (especially international), going to concerts, comedy shows, cats, beach
Bethany Bruhl, UROP Advisor
Interests: Pop culture, travel, Disneyland, first-gen college student, Mario Kart, and food enthusiast
Jerry McMillan, UROP Advisor
Interests: Music (choral, orchestral, opera), wilderness (red rocks and high places), reading, FRPGs, wordplay, cooking, mindfulness
UROP Peer Advisors
UROP Peer Advisors are UROP Fellows who have extensive research experience. They serve as advocates for undergraduate research by assisting the UROP office with outreach, marketing, and mentoring through weekly office hours, advising appointments, social media interactions, and general outreach to the campus.
UROP Ambassadors are undergraduate students who are deeply involved in research across diverse academic disciplines at UCI. Each ambassador represents a specific school and is central to our outreach efforts. UROP ambassadors share their research experiences through information sessions, student panels, and class announcements.
Major: Business Administration
Representing: Paul Merage School of Business
Hrithik Ashok Popat
Major: Cognitive Sciences
Representing: School of Social Sciences
Majors: Electrical Engineering & Applied Physics
Representing: Samueli School of Engineering & School of Physical Sciences
Major: Nursing Science
Representing: UCI Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing