Undergraduate Research and Creative Projects Award

2019 Winter-Spring/Summer Undergraduate Research and Creative Projects Awards

The 2019 Winter-Spring/Summer Application will be posted here shortly after the start of the Fall 2018 semester.

Application Deadline: Applications and proposals are due no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday November 16, 2018.

The funding announcement for Winter-Spring/Summer 2019 applicants will occur by Thursday Jaunuary 19, 2019.

Undergraduate Research and Creative Projects Awards

Purpose: The Office of the Provost offers semiannual awards for Undergraduate Research and Creative Projects. These awards offer financial support to enable students to participate in a mentored undergraduate research or creative project learning experience. Undergraduate students from any major or discipline are eligible to apply for a research or creative project award.

What are Undergraduate Research and Creative Projects? Research is how the academic community communicates with the world. Taking multiple forms, research includes scholarly and creative activities that can lead to new knowledge, improve our ability to solve problems, result in new theory, or in the creation of new art or an artistic performance.

Research occurs across the academic disciplines. Historians scrutinize archives, anthropologists conduct studies in the field, biologists work in laboratories, artists paint in studios, and filmmakers shoot, view, and assemble footage into films. No matter your course of study, researchers are working to expand the frontiers of knowledge and discover something new. Research is at the heart of great universities, and the knowledge research creates is part of the service to society universities provide.  Research can result in extraordinary outcomes: a new, more effective medical treatment, new knowledge about our past, a musical composition, or a better understanding of some natural phenomenon.

Undergraduate Research is a unique opportunity for students to work with faculty.  Some students will work on part of a faculty member's current research project. Other students may develop an independent project of their own that is guided by a faculty member. Either way, students have opportunities in a variety of disciplines to engage in original hands-on research and creative projects.

What are the benefits of doing Undergraduate Research and Creative Projects?

  • Research provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to move past learning from textbooks to go "backstage" to see where and how knowledge is produced.
  • Learning more about your intended major/minor or exploring a field you never thought of before.
  • Connecting with other undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and researchers who share similar academic and career interests.
  • Appling what you learn in the classroom to actual research...learn by doing.
  • Studies indicate that undergraduate researchers:
    • Develop enhanced analytical skills, improve their oral and written communication abilities (Lopatto, 2007)
    • Experience an increase in self-confidence (Russell, Hancock & McCollough, 2007)
    • Can help clarify a career focus (Seymour, Hunter, Laursen & Deantoni, 2003)
    • Would recommend the experience to a friend (Mabrouk & Peters, 2000).

How do I find a Faculty Mentor?

  • Talk to faculty with whom you have taken a class.
  • Attend lectures on campus to familiarize yourself with other faculty members outside your courses.
  • Consider your interests and identify all relevant Wayne State University departments, and read their faculty biographies.  Don't limit yourself to the department of your major.
  • You may also search UROPConnect


Applications and proposals are due The Friday before Thanksgiving for research beginning in the Winter semester and continuing through the Spring/Summer semester. The funding announcement occurs in mid-January.

Applications and proposals are due The Friday after Spring Break for research beginning in the Spring/Summer semester and continuing through the Fall semester. The funding announcement occurs in mid-May.


UROP funds accepted proposals up to $3,050 each. Up to $2,300 is awarded to the student(s). When more than one student is involved, funding will be divided equally among the students who submitted the proposal. 

The Wayne State University Undergraduate Research and Creative Projects Award funding is officially considered financial aid. If the award amount exceeds your total remaining unmet needs, it may impact the overall amount of financial aid you receive or alter your financial aid package.

Faculty mentors receive $750. Although faculty may mentor more than one project, the maximum payout is $750 per award period.


E-mail urop@wayne.edu