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Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program

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Note: Application deadline for the year 2019 funding is December 13, 2018 at 4:00pm CST.

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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 March 2019 to December 2019 period; 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. Full-time undergraduate students at all Louisiana colleges and universities are eligible. Download a PDF of the full UROP Application Requirements.

Application narratives 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 a unique opportunity to experience state-of-the-art methods for sampling, measurement, and analysis?

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. Since the peer review process takes time, submit a preliminary report and then follow-up when your publication is accepted to a journal. At this time, we are not accepting 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. Publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals is also encouraged. Louisiana Sea Grant may provide limited travel funds to UROP students to attend these events should a student’s abstract be accepted for presentation.

Applications will be accepted until 13 December, 2018 at 4:00pm CST.

Submit application through our new online application system at 2019 UROP application.
NOTE: If you are having difficulty with the link, copy and paste the following URL into your browser —

Calendar for 2018-2019
Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program
November 2018 RFP posted on Louisiana Sea Grant Web site and sent out via email
13 December 2018 Deadline to submit proposals through new online application system
Mid-December – mid-January Evaluation of proposals by peer reviewers
Late January 2019 Notify applicants of proposal funding status
1 March 2019 Begin new annual funding

If you have any questions, please contact:

Katie Lea – Program Development Manager
238 Sea Grant Bldg.
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803-7507
(225) 578-6445
[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]