The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) at USM enables undergraduate students to participate in research and creative activities. In cooperation with the academic departments at USM, the program recruits eligible students as USM Student Research Associates. Students learn how to collaborate effectively in research settings while investigating areas of research interest within a specific discipline and gaining practical skills and knowledge for both graduate study and post-graduation careers. 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 symposium, held in April. The event is the formal avenue in which the UROP Research 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.
This year, submitted proposals may qualify for a NASA/MSGC (Maine Space Grant Scholarship and Fellowship Program). USM, as a member of the Maine Space Grant Consortium, may award up to $2000 in grant money plus $500 towards travel. In order to be considered for this 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, students would need to identify a potential NASA research collaborator as part of the application process.
Applications are now being accepted for UROP. USM sophmores and juniors from all disciplines are invited to apply. Information and guidelines can be found on the UROP website. Deadline is March 15, 2013.