CU Boulder has a rich culture for cultivating undergraduates as emerging scholars, artists and practicing researchers. UROP provides consultation services, informational workshops, and grants to promote undergraduate research as a high-impact learning practice for student success.  Each year UROP funds hundreds of students who produce new knowledge and creative work in partnership with CU's world-class faculty. 


Student Grants

  • Assistantships ($1,000 - $2,000) allow students to assist a mentor on a project and do not require an original proposal.
  • Individual Grants ($1,500 - $3,000) allow students to take ownership of part or all of a project with an original proposal.

Faculty Grants

  • Team Grants ($3,000) for faculty-led research, scholarly or creative projects involving 2 or more undergraduates. 
  • Department/Program Grants ($4,000) for programming to cultivate departmental and program cultures of student inquiry and greater participation in UROP. 
  • Publications Grants ($3,000) for institutional publications serving as venues for undergraduate research, scholarly and creative projects. 

In a UROP project, you:

  • Explore academic interests beyond the classroom
  • Get hands-on experience with research or creative production
  • Develop student-faculty relationships for professional references
  • Acquire academic and professional skills and credentials
  • Demonstrate successful grant-writing skills
  • Refine your academic and career goals

"Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose."
- Zora Neale Hurston