General Scholarship Information
The International Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) Scholarship is designed to promote learning abroad opportunities to UMTC undergraduate students by providing critical funding to students enrolled in select credit-bearing learning abroad programs involving a research project. The learning abroad program must be a semester or academic year in length involving a minimum of 100 hours dedicated to research that occurs onsite.
Eligibility & Funding Requirements
- Eligible Learning Abroad Center programs involving a research project
- Students must meet with the Learning Abroad Center staff person responsible for the eligible program to discuss the research project and confirm that the overseas site will agree to the project prior to submitting the international UROP application
- Students must be enrolled in a University of Minnesota undergraduate degree program, in good academic standing
- Students are required to maintain a minimum of 13 credit enrollment status per semester or maintain the minimum program credit enrollment determined by their study abroad program
- The Learning Abroad Center program must be a semester or academic year in length involving a minimum of 100 hours dedicated to research that occurs onsite
- Students must enroll in a course while abroad in which a faculty member oversees the student's project, provides guidance on content and methodology, issues a grade for the student's completed research paper, and ensures that at least 100 hours are dedicated to research (not coursework)
- Once onsite, students must submit an international UROP application form, UROP proposal (3 pages long) and UROP onsite mentor recommendation, one month after the program start date in which the research is being conducted
- Students should be aware of IRB restrictions and select topics that will not require IRB approval
- The proposal must be approved by UROP to retain funding
- At the end of the student’s study abroad program, students must submit:
1. a UROP final report
2. a UROP evaluation
3. information to the University's Digital Conservancy (UDC). The UDC provides a permanent and searchable copy of research papers.
Failure to submit the UROP final report, UROP evaluation and submission to the University's Digital Conservancy will result in having the scholarship rescinded.
For further information and assistance, contact Heidi Soneson in the Learning Abroad Center.
Funding is provided by the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), Learning Abroad Center (LAC), and the Office of Undergraduate Education.
What Is a Research Project?
- A research project involves a systematic investigation of a specific topic, question, hypothesis or theory. The purpose of research is to establish new knowledge or confirm what is already known. The research process involves discovery, documentation and interpretation using a variety of reliable, scholarly resources.
- Under the guidance of a faculty mentor, students consult relevant primary and secondary sources, analyze findings, and draw conclusions culminating in a final paper or project that demonstrates the knowledge gained through the investigation. Research typically does not involve applied work, internship or volunteer activities.
- Any research that involves engagement with human subjects may require IRB approval. Given the short duration of a study abroad program, students should select research topics that do not require IRB approval
*Visit the Learning Abroad Center Scholarship Portal to learn more about specific essay questions and requirements.
Deadlines & Award Amounts
||May 1, 2015
Academic Year 2015-16
||May 1, 2015
||October 31, 2015
*Applications must be submitted by 4:00 pm on the deadline date.
How to submit your application:
This award will be placed directly into the student’s U of M account at the beginning of the term in which the research is being conducted. Students must complete all of the requirements below in order to retain the scholarship funding. If approved, you will be contacted by the UROP office in August (for fall semester/academic year proposals) or December (for spring semester proposals) with UROP proposal submission information.
- Check the scholarship deadlines for the term you will be studying abroad.
- Applications must be submitted by 4:00 pm on the application deadline date, no exceptions.
- Submit the scholarship application and essay via the Learning Abroad Center Online Scholarship Portal.
Sample Research Projects
The following project summaries provide an insight into the range of possible research topics that can be pursued.
•Similarities and differences between prominent Western views of health in the U.S. and the views of health in India
•Analyze the role of international organizations in protecting the sexual and reproductive rights of women in Sub-Sarharan Africa
•Ethnology of food, emphasis on how food underlies health
•Tiritiri Matangi Wildlife Sanctuary tourism and preservation
•Auckland's food system in an urban setting
•Industralizing in relation to art in France
•Coral reef ecology, conservation and response to climate change
•Discrepancies in the distribution of free primary education funds in Kenya: lessons from Nairobi, Kilifi, Kitui and Kisumu Counties
•Teenage health in rural Ecuador