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 2017 AND 2017-2018 Academic Year Scholarships

to promote undergraduate research

  • Who can apply:  Undergraduate students enrolled full time (12 credits for fall and 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.
  • 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 3, 2017
  • Research Period:  Summer:  June 1 through August 12, 2017 or Academic Year:  September 1, 2017 through May 31, 2018

Application Writing Workshops Available!

Students and faculty from NSHE Institutions are encouraged to join each of the following sessions at one of the listed locations. The workshop is hosted in a series of three sessions at different NSHE campuses around the state. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in each of the three sessions. Faculty interested in or committed to mentoring a research undergraduate should attend Session 1.

  • Session 1:  Learning more about the UROP application, eligibility, roles and responsibilities and connecting with potential mentors/mentees.
  • Session 2:  Working with experienced writing center staff to draft and edit UROP applications., while learning proper writing techniques for future applications. *Students should come prepared with a research concept/idea. 
  • Session 3:  Finalizing UROP applications through a peer editing  process while being lead by experienced writing center staff.  *Students should come prepared with a strong draft of their UROP scholarship application.

The UROP Application Writing Workshops will be held at the following Nevada System of Higher Education campuses.  Students from nearby campuses are invited to attend a session near you:

Truckee Meadows Community College
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
University of Nevada, Reno
Great Basin College
Western Nevada College

Step 1:

Find a workshop near you

Step 2:  

Register to attend a workshop



Michele Casella
(702) 522-7076

Student Outreach

Michele Casella (South)
(702) 522-7076

Mike Sady (North)

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