Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the program?
The program can be undertaken for one or more semesters. Toward the end of the semester preceding the one in which the assistantship will take place, interested faculty submit brief descriptions of their research projects via the online Faculty Project Description form.

How many students per semester are in GUROP?
As many assistantships will be awarded as there are acceptable projects and timely faculty-student agreements submitted.

How often can I be a GUROP Research Assistant?
A student may be a GUROP Research Assistant multiple times; most typically, students do GUROP for two or more semesters., beginning in their sophomore or junior year.

What happens if a student or faculty member misses a deadline?
If deadlines are missed and research time expectation cannot be reasonably met, please apply for the next semester.

Are there any exceptions to missed deadlines?
Not usually, but it's always worth asking.   We want students to take advantage of this valuable opportunity.

How do I apply?
Please visit procedures and eligibility.

What is the GUROP commitment?
During the term of the assistantship, the student will spend at least 60 hours working with the faculty mentor on the research. How the faculty member and student arrange their schedules for research is flexible; however, GUROP recommends that there be a relatively evenly distributed amount of hours per week to assist students' other time commitments. GUROP advisors recognize that each research project varies in weekly schedules.
Students are also expected to work a minimum of 10 weeks of GUROP approved service.

What acknowledgement does a GUROP Research Assistant receive?
An "Undergraduate Research Assistant [semester/year]" notation will be entered on the transcript.
Faculty mentors and their assistants are invited to present their work in a poster format and discuss the research experience informally in a Gervase Program sponsored event "Inquiring Minds at Work."  Schedule TBD.

How is GUROP evaluated?
At the end of each term, faculty mentors and assistants will be asked to evaluate overall participation. Faculty members are also asked if students fulfilled the agreement.
Evaluatoins forms for both students and faculty are available online and the responses are reviewed by the GUROP Advisory Committee.

Can I do a GUROP project and recieve credit for a registered course using the same research?
A GUROP assistantship, especially during the regular semesters, is the same or related to the research of an individual faculty member.  It is rarely the student's independent research or reading.  For independent work during the regular academic year (Fall and Spring semester), there are designated course numbers in each department specifically for that purpose.  On the other hand, please note that a summer GUROP fellowship (full-time research experience) often entails independent work.