Undergraduate Research Opportunities, Crookston (UROC)
Undergraduate Research Opportunities - Crookston (UROC)
In order to encourage undergraduate research on the UMC campus, funding has been set aside for projects approved on campus. The process for awarding these funds is separate from the University-wide UROP.
Total dollars requested per proposal may not exceed $1700 (maximum of $1400 in salary for the student plus a maximum of $300 for expenses). All proposals submitted for campus funding need to be approved by the appropriate unit head and submitted to the Academic Affairs office by the following date and time. Late proposals will not be considered.
March 11, 2013, 4:00 p.m. – for summer and/or fall semester 2013 projects
For application forms and guidelines, please open the attachments: Policy and Procedures 2012-2013; Application Spring 2013; Faculty Mentor Recommendation Spring 2013.
Submitted projects that do not follow the procedures and/or not submitted on the correct forms and do not include all requested information will be returned and run the risk of not being considered.
UROC Policies & Procedures
UROC Policies & Procedures
Find a Faculty Mentor
Some students start the UROC process with their own research idea, but many students find a Faculty Mentor first and then select their topic from ideas suggested by the Mentor. While some, especially first-year students, consider finding a Mentor difficult, it's not actually that bad. Talking one-on-one with a professor may seem a bit weird, but remember almost every professor was once a college freshman!
Write a Proposal
Whether you initiate your research idea or get suggestions from your Mentor, you need to write a Research Proposal. The proposal describes your project – what you are trying to study or create, why your proposed work has intellectual merit, how you are going to carry out your study or creative activity, what might be the broader impacts of your work.
Check Out Special Requirements
All research and creative activities at the University of Minnesota, Crookston are subject to federal and state laws and regulations. If your research or creative activity involves human subjects; live animals; ionizing radiation; recombinant DNA, biological toxins or infective agents; highly toxic chemicals; biologically hazardous agents; and/or potent human or animal carcinogens, you will need to obtain approvals for appropriate mitigations before you begin your research. You should consult with your Faculty Mentor regarding University and other regulations relevant to your project. You can direct questions to Vicky Munro at 612-625-3853 or email@example.com.
Eligibility and Restrictions
- Full-time students are eligible for UROC.
- Students must successfully complete one funded research proposal before submitting another proposal for funding.
- If the same proposal is submitted to both UROC and UROP, UROC will not fund it if UROP does. The same proposal cannot be funded by both sources.
- Proposals submitted during the fall round of applications will be for spring semester projects.
- Proposals submitted during the spring round of applications will be for summer and/or fall semester projects. The Faculty Mentor for summer projects is Dr. David DeMuth.
- Projects must be completed within one year of receiving funding. Unused allocated funds of projects not completed within one year will be returned to the central funding pool unless the student and Faculty Mentor have requested and received authorization for an extension from the Academic Affairs Office at least one week prior to the one-year deadline.
Submit Your UROC Application/Proposal
Your UROC application consists of four parts:
- Application Form
- Faculty Mentor Recommendation
- College Transcript
Both a paper copy and an electronic copy of the Application Form and Proposal must be submitted. An electronic copy of the Faculty Mentor Recommendation must be submitted. A paper copy of the College Transcript must be submitted. Send paper copies (with original signatures on the application form) to Barbara Cournia, Academic Affairs, 307 Selvig Hall. Electronic copies should be sent to Barbara at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All parts of the application form must be completed including all required signatures.
There is no preset form for the proposal, but it should be:
- no more than three pages
- double-spaced, with 12 pt type and one inch margins on all four sides and should include the following:
- title of research project, your name, and your faculty mentor’s name
- an introduction to the proposal topic
- hypothesis being tested in the research
- procedure for conducting the research
- timeline for completion of research project
- budget details for the project
Faculty Mentor Recommendation
The Faculty Mentor completes the Faculty Mentor Recommendation form and sends an electronic copy to Barbara Cournia at email@example.com
A copy of the student’s college transcript (an unofficial copy can be obtained at the Registrar’s Office) must be sent to Barbara Cournia, Academic Affairs, 307 Selvig Hall. The transcript should be sent along with the paper copy of the application form and proposal.
Deadline for Receipt of Applications
Proposals (application form, proposal, faculty mentor recommendation, college transcripts) – both paper copies and/or electronic copies – must be submitted by 4:00 p.m. on the deadline date (see Application and Faculty Mentor Recommendation forms for specific date).
Conditions Applicable to Stipends
Hourly Rate: $11.50
Conditions Applicable to Research Expenses
Travel: Travel costs for research or presentations at professional meetings are generally allowed, according to University travel policies. No reimbursement for food or local area travel. Current mileage rate is $0.500 per mile (rate is subject to change). Students seeking reimbursement will need to complete an Employee Expense Worksheet; contact your Faculty Mentor for the form.
Computer: UROC funds cannot be used to purchase computer hardware. Computer software and supplies are only allowable if central to the research project (for example, a programming project.)
Other: UROC does not support the purchase of standard office supplies (such as paper, pencils/pens, markers, and file folders) or books available from a library.
Students and Faculty Mentors will be notified of the status of UROC proposals by email within 2 to 3 weeks of the submission deadline. No paper notifications will be sent.
Request for Extension of Completion Date
UROC Request for Extension of Completion Date Form
Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)
The deadline for submitting UROP proposals for summer and fall 2013 projects is March 11, 2013 (tentative). For information, requirements, forms, etc., go to http://www.urop.umn.edu/
If you submit a UROP proposal, please also send a copy of the proposal to the Academic Affairs Office – firstname.lastname@example.org