International Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) Scholarship
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.
May 1 for fall or academic year programs
November 1 for spring semester programs
Applications should be submitted to the Learning Abroad Center by 4 p.m. on the due date listed above.
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.
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. This process is extensive, and approval is not guaranteed.
- Eligible learning abroad programs involving a research project.
- 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 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 a 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.
- The student must clarify IRB approval needs in advance.
- The proposal must be approved by UROP to retain funding.
- At the end of the student’s study abroad program, students must
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.