What is it?

The Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (URAP) offers undergraduate students with little or no research experience the opportunity to work with graduate students and post-doctoral scholars on their research projects, explore the culture and process of research, and build on their existing abilities within a community of scholars. Running each Spring semester, the Program consists of two equally important parts: a one-on-one research experience with their research mentor, and the Introduction to Research course. The course is designed to complement the research mentoring experience, orienting undergraduate mentees to broader topics in the research process.

Participation in the program is by application only; the application portal for undergraduate students opens early in the Fall semester. Students selected to be part of the program will commit to: (1) attending the regular weekly class meetings of GC 295, Introduction to Research (3 credit hours) with Office of Undergraduate Research instructors; and (2) working one-on-one with their research mentors, an average of 5-6 hours per week. As part of the course requirement, students will complete a final project, consisting of a poster, to be presented at the Undergraduate Research Symposium, an annual event held in late April.

WE ASK THAT YOU PLEASE READ ALL OF THE FOLLOWING AS THERE IS IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT BOTH HOW TO APPLY, REQUIREMENTS FOR APPLICATION, AND WHERE TO FIND RESEARCH PROJECT DESCRIPTIONS, ETC.

Who should apply?

Application is open to all registered undergraduate students who have little or no research experience (both domestic and international). As part of the application, students will provide a statement of interest that speaks to:

The list of research project descriptions can be found here: Research Mentors 2022/23

Informational meetings:

Attend one of our in-person or virtual information meetings to get tips on creating a good statement of interest, learn why you should participate, and have all your questions answered by a friendly and knowledgable OUR staff member. No advance registration is required to attend an informational meeting.

  • September 7 from 3 - 4pm. Meeting has concluded.
  • September 15 from 3 - 4pm. David Kinley Hall, Room 123
  • September 23 from 3 - 4pm. Lincoln Hall, Room 1002

You can find a recorded version of our information meeting below:

Application requirements & timeline

Requirements

As part of the application, you will upload a Statement of Interest (double spaced, not to exceed 1,000 words, must be in 11 or 12 pt font, and saved as a PDF) that contains the following sections:

  • Section 1: Introduction to yourself and why you are interested in URAP and gaining research experience.
  • Section 2: The ranking of your top 3 project choices with brief essays outlining why you have chosen each project.
  • Section 3: What is the anticipated impact of this experience (i.e., what will this experience do for you.)

Timeline

Application portal will close on Thursday, October 6, 2022, at 11:59 p.m.

Finalists will be notified by October 21, 2022, and will be invited to interview with the research mentors between October 24 and November 1. Final selection will be made by the research mentors. Undergraduate students selected to participate will be notified by November 4. Successful applicants will be given course CRN, etc., in order to register for the spring 2023 semester.

To apply:

Students can apply at the "Apply" link below.

Apply