Office of Undergraduate Research

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have additional questions, please send them to: Kyla Moore, Associate Director, at kylam@uwm.edu.

Q: How much time will I spend on my UROP?
A: Approximately 45 hours per credit per semester. You can earn 1-3 credits.

Q: How often will I meet with my professor?
A: This is determined by you and your professor. Ideally at least on a weekly or biweekly basis. Students build a schedule with their faculty advisor.

Q: What is the UROP seminar?
A:The UROP seminar meets weekly for fifty minutes. It is an opportunity for you to discuss your research with your peers, learn about research in other fields, have any questions answered, and get general support.

Q: Will I get paid?
A: Once you have established a successful position as a UROP research apprentice for credit (this may takes several semesters), the faculty mentor may choose to apply for funding to pay you an hourly wage for your research assistance. This replaces the credit, since you cannot do the same work both credit and pay. Although there are no guarantees, doing a great job as a research apprentice for credit could, and often does, lead to a paid position.

Q: What will I be doing?
A: This depends on the research project. Students have been involved in all aspects of research from data collection and basic manipulation to library research, running experiments, writing abstracts, preparing conference presentations, and even co-authoring published papers.

Q: Will I have time to have a job and participate in UROP?
A: Yes, most students in the program work while going to school. If you are eligible for work study it might also be possible for you to be paid for your research assistantship instead of receiving credit.

Q: Will I be paired with a faculty based on my major?
A: We pair students with faculty based on shared interests more than specific majors.

Q: What is the deadline for the program?
A: Admission is on a rolling basis. Students are paired with faculty at the beginning of every semester.

Q: Why should I do this program?
A: Students build connections to faculty members, meet fellow highly motivated UWM students, gain new insight into the materials taught in their regular courses, and obtain invaluable experience as they work toward future employment or post-graduate study.

Q: Can I do UROP over the summer?
A: Currently, UROP occurs only during the academic school year.

Q: What do I do if I find a project that interests me?
A: Fill out the online application and will set up and interview with you.

Q: Can I start my UROP in the Spring of my freshman or sophomore year?
A: Yes, though most students start in the fall.

Q: Can juniors and seniors apply for the UROP program?
A: Yes. We are happy to work with juniors and seniors, although they are not required to take the UROP seminar.