Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Research Opportunties

The University of Minnesota's world-class research doesn't just impact society; it helps students learn. Many professors conduct a wide array of research, then bring their findings directly into class lectures, laboratories, and discussions. As a result, you learn about new findings, trends, and technologies directly from the experts. We encourage you to ask your professors about their research projects, and look for ways to get involved.

There are several ways you can get involved in research as an undergraduate student, including the UROP program, work in professors' labs, or the CFANS Research Apprenticeship Program. Learn about each below:

UROP: Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program

The U of M's Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) provides a stipend to undergraduates for special research, scholarly, or creative projects done with a faculty member. You must apply and be accepted into the UROP program. To apply, you'll develop your own research proposal, usually in partnership or with the permission of a faculty member. Applications are accepted twice a year. They're judged on the quality of the proposed project, and on the educational benefit to the student.

Application materials, deadlines, and additional UROP information can be found at urop.umn.edu and below:

CFANS students who have questions or need guidance with the UROP program can contact Bill Ganzlin (CFANS Student Services) at bganzlin@umn.edu or 612-624-3047. All others, contact the U of M's central UROP office.

Work in Professors' Labs

If you're looking for a flexible, on-campus job, many professors hire students to help with research projects or to work in their labs. Wages are competitive. These positions allow you to work closely with graduate students and professors. Many students start in a lab position during their freshmen or sophomore year on simple tasks, then gradually work up to more complex responsibilities by senior year. Some lab jobs are posted on the U of M's Student Employment site or on GoldPASS. But not all such jobs are advertised. Sometimes professors will tell their students about lab positions during class. Feel free to ask.

CFANS Research Apprenticeship Program

The Research Apprenticeship Program is a 2-year program. It provides an early opportunity for students to develop their interests in formal research through faculty mentorship. This is supported by an action-oriented programmatic model encompassing the research experience from beginning to end. This Research Apprenticeship experience is meant to stimulate minds, broaden perspectives, expand intellectual and social networking, and strengthen connections in the University and global community.

Students will be selected to participate in the Research Apprenticeship Program based on their expressed interest in undergraduate research, and the academic qualifications demonstrated in their undergraduate application for admission. Students accepted into the program are awarded a $1500 scholarship and $300 for expenses.

First-Year Research Apprentices will have the opportunity to learn about the research process, meet professors who have similar research interests to their own, and develop a research proposal. During their second year, Apprentices will conduct their research and summarize their findings in a formal research paper. They will end their program by presenting their research at the annual University-wide Undergraduate Symposium.

PDF icon See an overview of the Research Apprenticeship Program schedule for this year's incoming students (PDF).

Contact Person for CFANS Research Apprentice Program:
Bill Ganzlin, Chair, CFANS Undergraduate Research Program Committee
bganzlin@umn.edu or 612-624-3047