Undergraduate Research and Creative Projects Award

Academic Year 20/21 Undergraduate Research and Creative Projects Awards

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) is currently reviewing funding for the upcoming 20/21 academic year. Funding cycles, applications, and deadlines will be posted on this page once they are finalized.

UROP funded 12 students for a Spring/Summer-Fall funding cycle. Please click here for a list of those students and their Undergraduate Research or Creative Project titles, as well as their faculty mentors.

UROP held a unique Fall 2019 - Winiter 2020 funding cycle and offered funding to 60 students. Please click here for a list of those students and their Undergraduate Research or Creative Project titles, as well as their faculty mentors.


Undergraduate Research and Creative Projects Awards

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

Questions:

E-mail urop@wayne.edu