2016-2017 Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program UROP, 2015-2016 Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program UROP
Maya Zawlodski, Nevada State College
–Photo by Kurt Regner

The UROP program promotes intensive undergraduate research opportunities for university students. Through these research experiences, our goal is to enhance the recruitment and retention of undergraduates in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines, particularly those related to solar energy and its effects on water resources and the environment in general.

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The Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) announces the

Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP)
Summer 2021 Scholarships

to promote undergraduate research

  • Who can apply:Undergraduate students enrolled full time (1-3 credits for summer) at any NSHE institution during the time they are conducting their research. Scholar must have a NSHE faculty mentor to supervise their research project. Past recipients of a NSF-EPSCoR undergraduate research scholarship under the current NEXUS award are not eligible to apply.
  • Research areas:  Students working in areas of science, technology, engineering or math (STEM), except for medical sciences, are eligible. Fields related to solar energy, water and/or environmental research are of special interest. Students with research tied to medical sciences are encouraged to apply for the National Institutes of Health IDeA Network for Biomedical Research Excellence (NIH INBRE). For more information, visit
  • Scholarship amount:  $4,000 for students
  • Application Deadline:  Friday, March 5, 2021
  • Research Period: June 1, 2021 – August 10, 2021

Application Writing Workshops Available!

Students applying for the NSF EPSCoR UROP scholarship are strongly encouraged to participate in the Application Writing Workshop series.  Due to COVID-19, writing workshops will be presented virtually in three different sessions:

  • Session 1: Learn more about the UROP application, eligibility, roles and responsibilities, connect with potential mentors/mentees, and begin focused writing on your research proposal/personal statement.
  • Session 2: Work with experienced writing center staff to further draft and edit UROP applications, while learning proper writing techniques for future applications.
  • Session 3: Finalize UROP applications through a peer-editing process led by experienced writing center staff.

NSHE faculty who have agreed to, or who are interested in being a, research mentor is invited to attend Session 1 of the workshop so as to learn more about the program, meet students and sign up to be listed in the Nevada STEM Mentor Network database.  


Administration and Student Outreach

Michele Casella
(702) 522-7076

Sponsored by:  National Science Foundation’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (NSF EPSCoR), Award #IIA-1301726.