The Undergraduate Research Opportunities (UROP) Program at USM funds student participation in research and creative activities at the undergraduate level. In cooperation with the academic departments at USM, the UROP recruits eligible students as USM Student Research Associates. Program is open to current USM sophomores and juniors with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above; senior-level students may apply as long as they are not graduating before completing the full academic year in UROP.
Participants learn how to collaborate effectively in research settings while investigating areas of research interest within a specific discipline. They become fully integrated in USM’s research community, interacting with faculty mentors and fellow undergraduates while participating in research seminars and other networking events. Most importantly, students become involved in exciting research and contribute to the advancement of scholarship in an area of interest.
The culminating experience for the UROP participants is the annual Thinking Matters celebration, which is held in April of each year. The Celebration is the formal avenue in which the UROP Associates present their work to the University community, their family and friends, and provides an opportunity for these students to demonstrate their impressive achievements in the UROP Program. Students are also encouraged to present findings at professional conferences or meetings in their disciplines; travel funds for this purpose are available but must be listed in their proposal's budget.
Submitted proposals may qualify for a NASA/MSGC (Maine Space Grant Scholarship and Fellowship Program). As a member of the Maine Space Grant Consortium, USM may award up to $2000 in grant money plus $500 towards travel. In order to be considered for this other grant, research would need to be around NASA’s four broad mission areas: aeronautics, exploration systems, science, and space operations. Visit www.msgc.org for more information. Expectations also include working with a USM faculty mentor, presenting at Thinking Matters, and providing a final report. In addition, student must have a 3.2 GPA and would need to identify a potential NASA research collaborator as part of the application process.