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Boston University Arts & Sciences
CAS News September 19, 2012
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UROP: Research Opportunities for Faculty and Students

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) is a University-wide program that helps undergraduate students find and participate in faculty-mentored research projects. In addition, UROP provides financial support for such research projects. BU faculty members in all departments are eligible to mentor undergraduate research projects.

UROP has three rounds of funding: Fall, Spring, and Summer. UROP’s next round of funding will be for the Fall 2012 semester, with applications due by noon on Tuesday, September 18th. Students receiving funding for the Fall Semester typically perform 15–20 hours of research per week. Students can apply for the following UROP awards for the Fall Semester:

Student Research Award (SRA): up to $2,000 student stipend, paid entirely by UROP;

Faculty Matching Grant (FMG): up to $2,000 student stipend, with the cost shared by UROP and the faculty mentor’s department/grant; and

Funded Research Opportunity Grant (FROG): awards up to $750 for research supplies, transferred directly to faculty mentor’s department.

Faculty can also post descriptions of opportunities for undergraduates to perform research under their mentorship at the UROP website. As students return to campus, many will begin to look for research opportunities, and therefore, if you are interested in mentoring an undergraduate, then we encourage you to submit a research opportunity for posting on the website. Your project can be listed as a volunteer effort (for students who are seeking initial, practical, hands-on experiences), as a project for credit (e.g., independent study), or as a paid opportunity. You can submit your opportunity by going to:

http://www.bu.edu/urop/faculty/post-an-opportunity/

The 15th Annual UROP Symposium will be held during Parents Weekend on Friday, October 19, 2012 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the GSU Metcalf Ballroom. All faculty and students are invited to this event, whether they are sponsoring a student or not. For new faculty, it is a good opportunity to see the level of undergraduate involvement in research.

This Symposium features posters by students who conducted UROP-sponsored research during Summer 2012. However, we also welcome posters by undergraduate students who have conducted research, either during the academic year or summer, whether supported by UROP or other sources.

Symposium participants will present their poster for one hour during the event. Students planning to participate must submit an abstract to the UROP office by September 14, 2012. The abstracts will also be published in the UROP Symposium booklet.

If you have mentored an undergraduate who is interested in presenting their research at the UROP Symposium, please have the student send an email to urop@bu.edu or call the UROP office at 3-2020. We can then provide them with information about the abstract, the poster, and the Symposium.

Feel free to contact the UROP office (urop@bu.edu; 3-2020) with any questions, or drop by the office at 143 Bay State Road.

Some helpful links:

http://www.bu.edu/urop

http://www.bu.edu/urop/faculty/guide/

http://www.bu.edu/urop/about/urop/

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