Research through UROP is defined as any scientific or scholarly activity that contributes to the production of new knowledge. You can participate as a volunteer or for academic credit. You can serve as a mentor-funded assistant, work through the work-study program, or with the aid of a UROP award. And if you are just starting out, typically you will not be required to come up with your own project. Instead, you will find yourself working on an ongoing project designed by your faculty mentor.