For those of you who have done UROP in previous years: I am wondering how many projects available for application are remote positions. I’m an incoming sophomore transfer student, and am unsure about being able to work in an actual lab or staying on campus as of now. I’m not looking for necessarily health/bio/chem positions, and just want to learn about research in general. So I’m open to research in other fields like policy or economics. Is it worth me doing UROP this upcoming fall semester?
Thank you for asking the question! I participated in UROP last fall as a sophomore. At that time, it is still in-person. There is a huge database for research called the UROP project book. You can do engine search on there based on the category of the research that you are interested in. During your UROP seminars (which is required and is almost biweekly), your facilitator will help you navigate that. But I don’t really know how would the UROP be like with the current COVID-19 situation. I would suggest you email the UROP office on the details of how things will work. I personally would still suggest you participate in UROP even that might mean you have to conduct research completely online. It is a valuable experience for me while I learned about various research skills and also got to put my interest in research into reality as an undergraduate student (which is a precious opportunity). I hope you are happy with your decision at the end regardless. Please take care.
Haitong, Peer Advisor