What is it?

The Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (URAP@UI) offers undergraduate students with little or no research experience the opportunity to work with advanced graduate students and post-doctoral scholars on their research projects. Through a one-on-one research experience with their research mentor, undergraduate students will have the opportunity to learn what it means to do research, create knowledge, and produce scholarship. The application portal opens early in the Fall semester; selected undergraduate students begin working with their mentors the following Spring.

Participation in the program is by application only. Undergraduate students selected to be part of the program will (1) attend regular weekly class meetings (GC 295, Introduction to Undergraduate Research, 3 credit hours) with OUR instructors; and (2) work 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, sponsored by OUR.

Who should apply?

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.

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:

  1. Why they are interested in participating in URAP; and
  2. Rank their top three project choices and provide a brief essay outlining why they have chosen those projects.
  3. Due to COVID19: For Spring 2022, research mentors will indicate whether work with their undergraduate mentees will be: (1) in-person preferred, (2) open to discussion (whether remote or in-person), or (3) remote preferred. Make sure to select your top 3 choices in accordance with your own preference. Note: Any in-person research work must meet all campus and unit safety protocols.

The list of research project descriptions can be found here: Research Mentors 2021/22

Informational meetings:

Attend one of our information meetings (all held virtually through Zoom) 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. All informational meetings for URAP will be conducted online through Zoom. We have three dates available to attend:

  • September 13 from 3 - 4pm. Completed.
  • September 22 from 2 - 3pm. Completed.
  • October 5 from 3 - 4pm. Completed

Application timeline:

Finalists will be notified by October 22, 2021, and will be invited to interview with the research mentors between October 25 and November 8. Final selection will be made by the research mentors. Undergraduate students selected to participate will be notified by November 10. Successful applicants will be given course CRN, etc., in order to register for the spring 2022 semester.

To apply:

Application period is now closed.