Undergraduate Research Opportunities (UROP)

The UROP program encourages undergraduate research by funding students who work as Undergraduate Research Assistants (URAs) on research projects sponsored by CS faculty members. Students appointed with UROP funding are expected to contribute under supervision to a program of departmental or interdepartmental research. Some UROP students work closely with their faculty advisors, often as part of a larger research team.  Advanced research assistants may also carry out independent research on projects they have defined, under the guidance of a faculty member.

Requirements

To hold a UROP position:

  • You must be a CS Major (CS Entry-Level students may not be apply), with a minimum 2.5 UT GPA.
  • You must be enrolled for 12 hours to have a UROP appointment for a Fall or Spring semester. You must be registered and your tuition must be paid before for your appointment can be processed.
  • You must have been enrolled for 12 hours during the Spring semester or be enrolled for 3 hours in the Summer semester to have a UROP appointment during the Summer term.  For the latter, you must be registered and your tuition must be paid for your appointment to be processed.
  • Your combined UT employment and semester-hour course load may not exceed 40 hours a week in any semester or Summer term.
  • You must successfully pass a background check and you will be required to complete forms and submit documentation establishing your eligibility to work in the United States.

Pay

UROP recipeints may be assigned to work between 10 and 15 hours each week, at the discretion of the faculty member.  A URA's pay rate is based on his or her class rank and is set by UT Human Resource Services. 

Application Process

Proposals in any CS research area are welcome. You must be supervised by a UTCS faculty member.  Appointment as a URA is distinct from registration for an individual instruction course, and you do not need to be enrolled in such a course to apply.

Before you can apply, you must have a CS faculty member with whom to work. Then, with advice from the faculty member, you will be able to create your application, which includes a short description of your proposed research and the time needed to complete it.

To complete the UROP Application, you need a CS faculty sponsor, and you must provide the following information:

  1. Your name
  2. Your UT EID
  3. Your email address
  4. Your phone number
  5. The name of the CS faculty member with whom you will be working
  6. A justification for the number of hours you'd like to work on your research each week (between 10 and 15 hours weekly)
  7. A current resume
  8. If you are enrolled in a research course (which is not required) or engaged in a research project through another course or a program, please provide a description of your work in that course or program and how it relates to or is separate from your proposed UROP research
  9. A short description of your proposed research (no more than three pages), including:
    • The role that research plays in your academic program and career goals
    • The impact of your particular work on other departmental research or, if it is part of a larger research effort, its impact on the field
    • A description of your research experiences at UT
    • Your qualifications to do the research

Most undergraduate research projects can be completed in one semester, but some take two semesters.  Because of this, UROP funding is limited to two semesters for each student, unless there are unusual circumstances related to the student's research project.

Please deliver your completed application on or before the deadline below for the semester for which you are requesting UROP funding to tgrady [at] cs [dot] utexas [dot] edu (Tiffany Grady) in GDC 2.718 (paper copies are strongly preferred, but applications may also be tgrady [at] cs [dot] utexas [dot] edu (emailed)).  Proposals are typically due in August for the Fall semester, in December for the Spring semester, and in April for the Summer terms; specific dates are announced on this page.

Next Application Deadline:

Applications for Fall 2014 are due by 10:00 a.m. on Monday, August 18.  Students selected for funding will be notified by Monday, August 25 (and will begin the program on or after September 1).

Additional Information

If you have questions about UROP assignments, please contact tgrady [at] cs [dot] utexas [dot] edu (Tiffany Grady).