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Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program UROP

Undergraduate research is one of the defining experiences for students at a public research university. Undergraduate Research is a well-established high-impact practice that has been shown to increase retention, academic performance, and time to degree. It also provides students with the following important benefits:

  • Students get to work one-on-one with faculty and graduate researchers, gaining all the known benefits of a mentoring relation and at a very practical level, someone who can be a powerful reference and connector for future endeavors.
  • Students gain important skills that are not always explicitly taught in traditional courses, such as team work, communication skills, and solving open-ended problems.
  • Collaborations between students, faculty, corporate entities, and government agencies prepare the undergraduate researcher for the challenges of tomorrow and inspire them for a life-long passion for discovery and inquiry-based learning. 

Especially important are scholarships in the summer that allow students who would otherwise have to work to engage in research.

Summer UROP Scholarships range from $1,500 - $5,000/ student for summer research and allows students to take maximum advantage of being at a research institution and gain critical skills for future careers. Students may also discover if research/graduate school is right for them. Your Giving Day gift today will directly support student scholarship awards:

  • Gifts of $100 can provide student supplies for research
  • Gifts of $250 can allow a student to partake in Research Discovery Program for early research
  • Gifts of $500 can support two new student led full research projects
  • Gifts of $1000 can fund a student research award 

All students are required to present their research at the annual UROP Symposium in May.  We invite all donors to attend the symposium, meet the students impacted by their generosity, and experience the great work done by UCI undergraduates!

If you are unable to support financially, we welcome you to engage in other ways such as: 

  • Spread the word about UCI Giving Day to your friends and your community
  • Mentor current students through our professional development program
  • Submit updated information or tell us your UROP story here
  • Engage with our social media content by following our accounts, joining our groups, and commenting on/liking/sharing posts that resonate with you

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Donor Map
Rank State Gifts
1 CA 16
2 CO 1
3 AA 0
Last But Not Least!
Congratulations to Tse-Wen Chen, a current student, whose gift to Solar Car Engineering Student Group won the Last But Not Least Challenge! With your gift Tse-Wen, $1000 in bonus funds will be awarded to Solar Car Engineering, thanks to the generous support of UCI Foundation trustees Gary and Melanie Singer!
UROP Carol and Eugene Choi 10 Gifts for $10,000 Challenge
The first 10 gifts made to the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program will unlock a very generous gift of $10,000 from Carol and Eugene Choi for the UROP Symposium!
10 / 10 Gifts
Parent Power Hour 25 gift Challenge
Power Hour? How about a power 15-minutes?! Congratulations to our UCI Parent and Family community for coming together in record time to unlock $10,000 in support for Campus Organizations and Volunteer Programs! Keep the momentum going and support some of our outstanding matches and challenges below!
25 / 25 Gifts
1965 Challenge
Congratulations to Hilary Lapks! Your gift to Men's Volleyball just unlocked $1,965 in bonus funds for the program!
1,965 / 1,965 Gifts
Early Bird Challenge
Congratulations to Darcy Wilson-Jones (LGBT Resource Center), Katy Young (School of the Arts/Dance), Charlton Lee (Social Sciences Student Awards) and Rick Emerling (UCI Retirees Association Scholarships), for winning our Early Bird Challenge! $500 in bonus funds will be added to each of these funds in your honor!
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