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Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP)

Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP)

The Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) is a one-year program that offers first- and second-year students the chance to participate in the research and creative process with faculty.

What to Expect During the Year

Fall Semester: Students who are admitted to the program attend a one-unit research seminar (UNIV 296) during the Fall semester to learn about:

  • Research methods 
  • Research ethics
  • Research-focused field trips and tours 
  • Cutting edge research
  • Skill-building topics, such as writing for research purposes, how to conduct a literature review, effective library use, and an introduction to using computers and technology to support research.

Spring Semester: In Spring, students conduct research or creative work with a faculty member and present their research at the CSULB Undergraduate Research Symposium.  They also enroll in an advanced research seminar (UNIV 297) that focuses on supporting successful research placements, career exploration and major preparation and success.

Choosing a Research Project

Once students have been admitted and have met with a UROP Advisor at the August enrollment seminar, they will begin searching for a research project among UROP's list of faculty research sponsors and projects. Students are encouraged to look broadly for projects and keep an open mind when reviewing project listings.


Funding for students who participate in UROP consists of $13.25-$13.50 per hour.