Tim O'Neil
Assistant Director
Undergraduate Enrichment Programs

Office Location

 Norlin Library S430, 365 UCB,1720 Pleasant Street, Boulder, Colorado 80309

The UROP office is housed in the Undergraduate Enrichment Programs suite in the Norlin Library. If you are entering on the west (mountain) side of the building, take the right-hand stairs up 2 1/2 floors. Then take a sharp right into a small hallway and Norlin S436 is at the end.  If you are driving to campus, the closest visitor parking is in the Euclid Garage.



  • Monday (Remote) 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday (Office) 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday (Office) 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Thursday (Office) 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Friday (Office) 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

About Me

In my role on the inspiring UEP team, I manage the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) and the Professional and Academic Conference Endowment (PACE) while supporting programming for the Norlin and Boettcher Scholars. I joined the CU Boulder community in 2016 and currently work with the Undergraduate Research Working Group and campus partners to broaden participation in high-impact learning experiences. I have been developing innovative university programming since 2008 and currently serve as Councilor on the Programs Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) and on the Task Force for Facilitating Interdisciplinary Research in Undergraduate Education.  Working with campus and global partners, I promote the values of mentorship and student engagement as transformative practices that enable empowering learning. As a first-generation student, I am sensitive to the egalitarian potential of a university education and consider it a privilege to participate in the academic and creative life of the global community of scholars.  Because inequities in higher-education persist, I recognize the need to increase efforts to make research more accessible and inclusive.  I developed UROP's Pathways Initiative to expand opportunities on the CU Boulder campus.

Campus Communities

  • Undergraduate Research Working Group
  • LEAD Alliance
  • Inclusive Community of Practice
  • First Generation Coalition
  • UndocuNetwork
  • Broader Impacts Network

Selected Publications

  • O’Neil, Tim. "Partnering with Undergraduate Research Professionals." The Credo Second-Year Transition Guide, ed. Beth Black, ACRL, 2019, 33-35.
  • Upson, Matt and Tim O’Neil. "Freshman Framework: Collaboratively Developing a Set of Required Instructional Modules for Freshman Research Scholars.” Undergraduate Research and the Academic Librarian, eds. M.K. Hensley and S. Davis-Kahl, ACRL, 2017, 115-128.

Selected Presentations

  • O'Neil, Tim and Tim Raines. "Scalable Strategies for Advancing Equity with Inclusive Outreach," Pre-Conference Workshop. ConnectUR, 2022 (Virtual)
  • O'Neil, Tim and Tim Raines. "Mentoring Institute." Nevada System of Higher Education, 2021 (Virtual)
  • O’Neil, Tim. “The Privilege of Curiosity.” Featured Speaker. National Association of Engineering Student Councils (NAESC) West Regional Conference, 2020 (Virtual)
  • O’Neil, Tim and Joan Gabriele. “Who is Research? Multi-modal Storytelling as an Inclusive Pathway to Participation.” CUR Undergraduate Research Programs Conference, 2019 (Columbus, OH)
  • Upson, Matt and Tim O’Neil, “OSU Undergraduate Library Research Award: A Model of Intra-Institutional Collaboration.” CUR Undergraduate Research Programs Conference, 2015 (Norman, OK)
  • O’Neil, Tim. “Developing Dynamic Web Resources to Facilitate Undergraduate Research.” Council on Undergraduate Research National Conference, 2014 (Washington D.C.)
  • O’Neil, Tim. “Collaborating on a Statewide Online Undergraduate Research Journal.” Keynote. OSRHE Conference Promoting Undergraduate Research, 2013 (Oklahoma City, OK)
  • O’Neil, Tim. “Student to Scholar: An Undergraduate’s Pursuit of Discovery.” Council on Undergraduate Research Pre-ISSOTL Workshop, 2012 (Hamilton, Ontario)
  • O’Neil, Tim. “Anecdotes of Uncertainty: Inquiry and the Articulation of Self (Holistic Fellowships Advising).” National Association of Fellowships Advisors (NAFA) Regional Conference, 2012 (Richmond, VA).