The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) is a casual employment scheme designed to give undergraduate students an early opportunity to experience life in a research laboratory and gain insight into careers in biomedical research.
Students undertake a project within the research program of a biomedical research laboratory. They are supervised by a research scientist in a mentoring role and work alongside other research staff and students in the team. A wide variety of projects are available in a broad range of organisations. Students successful in obtaining entry to the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) are matched to projects complementary to their studies, so they can practise the knowledge and skills obtained in undergraduate science-based courses. However, UROP is not a formal part of undergraduate coursework and entry to the scheme is highly competitive.
UROP aims to:
- Give high performing undergraduate students an opportunity to gain experience in a biomedical research team
- Build workforce capacity in biomedical research, particularly in developing fields
- Attract students from other disciplines into the biomedical and biotechnology sector
- Build relationships between universities, research organisations and the biomedical industry
- Increase the number of ‘work-ready’ graduates
In January 2020, CSIRO Education and Outreach assumed responsibility for administering the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP).
More information (including eligibility requirements and application process and dates): https://www.csiro.au/en/Education/Programs/Undergraduate-Research-Opportunities-Program