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Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP)

Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP)

NOTE: In compliance with university procedures, we will no longer be meeting in person for the research seminar. The UROP symposium scheduled in May is cancelled, but posters must still be submitted electronically.

This action is a proactive step being taken to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. For more information visit

In-person Peer mentoring will NOT be available but other methods like phone calls, zoom, or email will be available. Continue to schedule apointments via SSC on your CSULB single sign on.

Students who feel ill should contact Student Health Services or a medical professional.

The OURS staff will be working remotely and can be reached via email at

Students should check BeachMail regularly for updates.




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.