Research is formalized curiosity.
It is poking and prying with a purpose.
Zora Neale Hurston
All students grants must be supervised by an eligible faculty mentor. Graduate students or post-docs may serve in a supervisory role, but the faculty mentor must provide some direct mentoring to the undergraduate.
Yes. UROP Grants are not intended to support "general" coursework, even if it is research/inquiry-based, but funding may support students doing research or creative projects outside the classroom while they’re enrolled in Independent Study/Honors Thesis courses with section numbers in the 800-900s.
No. UROP Grants are classified as fellowships and paid through the university payroll system but do not count as financial aid or create an employer-employee relationship with the university. Please consult with a financial aid counselor or financial advisor on how to report UROP income for future FAFSA or financial aid applications.
Students are allowed to submit proposals for continuing projects that extend beyond the grant term, but all proposals should come to a distinct, if not final, conclusion by the end of the term. Students submitting proposals for continuing projects spanning more than one grant term should clearly state end points in each proposal. Applications with proposals for continuing projects are evaluated and awarded independently.
No. Students may apply for more than one grant type and/or grant term, but can only accept one grant per term, which means consecutive funding is acceptable and concurrent funding is not allowed. There is currently no limit on the total number of UROP grants a student may receive as an undergraduate at CU Boulder. Students may apply by submitting similar proposals for different grant terms but should ensure proposal timelines are appropriate for the term. Students may not receive concurrent funding from CU Boulder's Biological Sciences Initiative (BSI) but may withdraw accepted UROP grants to participate in BSI.
No. There is no minimum GPA requirement to receive UROP funding.
Contact UROP as early as possible if you don't think you will meet the completion date.
No. Only completed applications will be reviewed. Please make arrangements to get all of the sections of the application submitted on time.
The University of Colorado Boulder and UROP value ASSET and DACA students, and we remain committed to ensuring access to funding for these students. ASSET and DACA students awarded UROP grants, will be contacted to coordinate a payment method appropriate for their status.
No. UROP funds are for faculty-mentored academic research, scholarly or creative projects only.
No. Student stipends offered by the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) are fellowships/stipends and are not employee compensation.
UROP provides for students who do research and creative work an enhancement to their undergraduate education. Although UROP stipend payments are administrated through the university’s payroll office (Employee Services), they are not considered payroll wages.
Payments to recipients who are U.S. citizens and resident aliens are not subject to federal and state income tax withholding and payroll taxes (i.e., FICA and Medicare taxes). Additionally, the university has no tax reporting requirement for these payments (no W-2), however UROP recipients should be aware that these payments may be taxable income and should consult with their tax advisors.
Nonresident aliens are subject to federal income tax withholding; thus, should schedule an appointment with a university International Tax Specialist. The university is required to report the payments on the federal form 1042-S. UROP advises recipients to keep award letters for their records. See IRS Publication 970 for guidance regarding fellowships.