Undergraduate Research

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) is open to School of Nursing BSN students to work with a UMN faculty mentor.  UROP projects allow students to explore academic interests beyond the classroom, get hands-on experience with research, develop student-faculty relationships, and help you to refine your academic and career goals.  If funded, BSN students work with a UMN faculty mentor on a research project.  UROP provides a scholarship of up to $1,500 for approximately 120 hours of research and expense money of up to $300 for project related expenses to students. 

Visit the UROP website for more information including peer drop-in hours,  a student researcher checklist, the UROP application process as well as examples of previous UROP projects.  

Explore the Think like a Researcher guide, attending a Think Like a Researcher workshop (sign-up to be notified), scheduling a Peer Research Consultation and/or subscribing to the Undergraduate Research Newsletter

UROP applications are accepted a various points throughout the year.

Application Deadline Project Start Date
October 11

following January 2023
(Spring Term)

following June
(Summer Term)

following September
(Fall Term)


following September
(Fall Term)


Another on campus research opportunity is CTSI's Pathways to Research Program (PReP).  A summertime program on the Twin Cities campus that provides underrepresented undergraduate students with knowledge, skills, and experience in translational science and health equity research through a structured core curriculum including a mentored research project (+ a stipend!).  Applications are typically due in January.  Information will be available in November.  The program runs for 12 weeks.

NIH offers summer internship programs for students as well as a postbaccalaureate program. Or visit How NIH can help you become a research scientist.

  • The eight-week summer research internship offers students opportunities at either the Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center or laboratory/research projects on the main (Bethesda) campus and typically includes a stipend.  Applications open in mid-November.  Note that the program is highly competitive (in 2017 1,300 selected/71,000 applied)--early applications are strongly encouraged.
  • The NIH postbac IRTA program provides recent graduates an opportunity to spend one or two years performing full-time research at the NIH.