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Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to apply?
An application from any faculty mentor of full-time undergraduate students at any Louisiana colleges and universities are eligible. UROP projects usually require some science background. For this reason, junior- and senior-level students may be better prepared to conduct research projects. An application from any student who has the support of a faculty mentor will be considered.

What kinds of projects are funded?
Funding is provided through the Louisiana Sea Grant College Program, which addresses marine and coastal resource issues through research, outreach, education, and technology transfer. Previously funded projects have dealt with topics such as coastal ecology, fisheries, aquaculture, environmental engineering, and genetics.

How do I decide on a project?
You’ll have to do a bit of homework and legwork. First, consider what type of research you find most interesting. Next, locate a faculty/staff member working in this field. Then, make an appointment with them to discuss your interests. If he/she is not familiar with the UROP program, direct them to this website. Once a dialogue is established, work with your faculty mentor to develop a reasonable project.

How much money does a typical project receive?
All projects must be completed during the March to December research period; you may use any part or all of this time to complete your project. Total funding up to $3,000 can be applied as student wages, travel, and supplies. Both student wages and academic credit may be earned concurrently if the regulations of your institution allow this practice. Supplies are expendable items necessary for the project; boat and vehicle rental are not covered by UROP.

When should I apply?
Applications are accepted in November and December for projects starting the following March. The application is available for download here.

What are the requirements at project completion?
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.. Included in the report should be abstract, methods, results, and discussion sections. 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.


UROP recipent Quoc Trung (Anthony) Nguyen stands with his poster at LSU Discover Research Day.