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Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program

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Application deadline for the year 2021 funding was December 11, 2020.

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) is soliciting applications from faculty mentors of promising undergraduate students at all Louisiana universities and colleges. UROP, established in 1992 by the Louisiana Sea Grant College Program, offers the Louisiana undergraduate community funding to support hands-on research experiences in marine and coastal resource issues. Previously funded projects have dealt with topics such as coastal ecology, fisheries, aquaculture, environmental engineering, and genetics.

Approximately eight projects will be funded depending on funds available for the 2021 project period (March 2021 to December 2021); each faculty member will receive up to $3000 to cover student wages, supplies, and necessary travel. Both student wages and academic credit may be earned concurrently if the policies of your institution allow this practice. Faculty mentors of full-time undergraduate students at Louisiana colleges and universities are eligible to submit applications.

A UROP proposal is limited to a three-page narrative. Tables, graphs, and references can be attached in the Additional Documents section and are not included in the three-page limit. Any proposal narrative that goes over the three-page limit will be disqualified.

The narrative portion must include the following information:

  • Project background and description : Describe the proposed UROP project and how it aligns with Louisiana Sea Grant’s mission and strategic plan. What do you expect to be the project accomplishments and benefits?
  • Research approach : Succinctly describe the rationale for the UROP project, its proposed objectives and research methods.
  • Role of the UROP student : Include a description of the UROP student’s role in the project and his/her working relationship with the faculty mentor(s).

**A UROP application must be submitted by a faculty member. Students should not submit the application.

Applications will be evaluated based upon the following review criteria:

  • Are the methods and is the rationale for the proposed research appropriate?
  • Does the proposal have a clearly stated objective that is achievable within the given constraints of time and resources?
  • Does the proposed research align with Louisiana Sea Grant’s mission and strategic plan (i.e. the potential for end-user application of the results of this proposed research)
  • Is the role of the student clearly described in the application and will the student have adequate support (budgeted and/or non-budgeted), as well as a unique opportunity to experience state-of-the-art methods for sampling, measurement, and analysis?

Applications will be accepted until 11 December, 2020 at 4:00pm CST.

A written final report of research accomplishments and findings is required. The UROP final report should include the following: Title page (with authors and date), abstract, introduction, methods and results – i.e., the typical scientific reporting or publishing format. We will accept peer-reviewed papers or theses for this requirement. Since the peer review process takes time, a preliminary report can be submitted and then follow-up with a published paper when the manuscript is accepted for publishing. We do not accept posters as a fulfillment of UROP report requirements. Students are encouraged to present their findings at university forums in addition to state, regional, national and international conferences. Louisiana Sea Grant may provide limited travel funds to UROP students to attend these events should a student’s abstract be accepted for presentation.

Submit an application via our online eSeaGrant system.
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Calendar for 2020-2021
Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program
October 2020 RFP posted on Louisiana Sea Grant Web site and sent out via email
11 December 2020 Deadline to submit proposals through eSeaGrant
Mid-December – mid-January Evaluation of proposals by peer reviewers
Late January 2021 Notify applicants of funding status
1 March 2021 Begin new UROP projects

If you have any questions, please contact:

Katie Lea – Reporting and Evaluation Manager
238 Sea Grant Bldg.
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803-7507
(225) 578-3981
[email protected]
Matthew Bethel, Ph.D.  – Associate Executive Director of Research
232 Sea Grant Bldg.
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803-7507
(225) 578-6345
[email protected]