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 until mid-semester (9/30/2020) The deadline is the same as add/drop deadlines for other courses.  Please try to comply with the regular add/drop deadlines (9/4/2020 for Fall 2020).

Some students will inquire about research opportunities without having a specific project or faculty mentor set up. It would be helpful, especially as most research, students and faculty, will be “remote” at least for Fall 2020, to tell GUROP about your research interests and specific projects. Faculty are invited to complete this form (“Faculty Mentors for Undergraduate Research Assistants”) to indicate their interest in mentoring undergraduate research assistants, who can be a big help to the faculty’s research.

All students participating in research for a minimum number of hours per term (60 hours) will have a no-credit undergraduate research “UROP” 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 would like the student and faculty to 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. This is optional but recommended because it helps GUROP improve.

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).

NB: Any funding from GUROP for Fall 2020 (and likely Spring 2021), even for students with high financial need, has been suspended for budgetary reasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Students may be compensated through a faculty member’s own sponsored research funds, or through departmental work/study funds. The faculty’s department would facilitate this action, if appropriate.

GUROP will try to 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.