For Faculty: Rationale, Benefits, and New Requirements

GUROP seeks to enhance the academic status of undergraduate mentored and independent original research, and to assure that students participating in research will have increased intellectual involvement in research projects. If you would like to work with our talented undergraduates in this way, we invite you to begin the process described below. 

As soon as possible, research partners should initate the process of registration for GUROP.  The very first thing for the STUDENT to do is to complete a “regular” GUROP online application. The google form will be available at the end of the semester and until the add/drop deadline during the semester of the proposed research. The deadline is the same as add/drop deadlines for other courses. 

All students participating in research for a minimum number of hours per term (60 hours) will have a zero-credit undergraduate research course entry added to their other courses listed, provided the student-faculty research team applies for GUROP and the faculty confirms completion of the research requirement (hours and other duties).  Grading for (G)UROP is easy: at the end of the semester, faculty will find UROP among their courses taught. A “CP” grade will confer the notation; a “NC” grade will mean the student did not complete the time requirement, but NO entry will be made, i.e., no Ws, Fs, Incompletes, etc. There is no penalty if it happens that the student does not meet the requirements, and GUROP hopes the student and faculty will try again.

Both student and faculty researchers will be invited to complete a quick evaluation of their progress and work together at the end of each semester. 

All students doing ample research during the academic year, and/or who have a successful proposal for mentored or independent research will be eligible to apply for competitive grants to fund a full-time research experience (typically in the summer term).

GUROP can provide some minimal term-time funding for those “very high need” students who most qualify for financial aid.  A limited amount of funds will be set aside each semester for this purpose.  Students wishing to be considered for a small stipend should email and with approval to authorize GUROP to consult with the Student Financial Aid office about need based on the expected family contribution.

Students may be compensated through a faculty member’s own sponsored research funds, or through departmental work/study funds. If faculty have such funding, and would like to help pay a research assistant, please email

GUROP will offer discipline-specific workshops and other assistance over the course of the year to interested students who will want to use what they learn through the research process to further their post-graduate educational and career plans.