Why Research & Creative Works?


Build Life Skills
Actively conducting research or creative works in an academic area of interest comes with its own challenges, and completion of research and creative works reflects problem-solving skills, critical thinking skills, inquiry/methodology strategies, and an ingenuity that cannot be acquired from textbooks alone. Hands-on research and creative works allow students to apply and expand on what they have learned in the classroom while pursuing their passions. Students undertaking research or creative works also learn to use their time wisely, manage budgets and leverage existing resources – all useful “real life” skills.

Contribute to Our History and Our Future
Projects that are unique to a student’s vision contribute to the wealth of collective knowledge that UH Mānoa has accrued through years of innovative research and creative works. More importantly, taking part in research or creative works means participating in a vision of actively addressing problems and presenting solutions for a better future.

Work with Experts
Research and creative works provide an in-depth education by immersing students in an environment where they can work side-by-side with world-renowned faculty members in their field while learning and utilizing groundbreaking technologies.

Make Yourself Known
Undergraduate research and creative works allow students’ resumes and CVs to stand apart from the crowd and demonstrate initiative in developing skills relevant to their area of study. Additionally, students who present their research or creative works at professional conferences gain valuable experience while making essential connections with those in their academic field.

Research is Exciting and FUN!
Past UROP-funded students have conducted a diverse array of research and creative work endeavors in countries such as Iran, Nicaragua, France, and Tonga. Recipients have worked in fields ranging from music to the sciences to business. Students have written novels, conducted cross-cultural studies, and designed micro-robots. These life-changing experiences enrich students’ sense of purpose and lifelong learning.

UROP provides the opportunity for undergraduate students to apply for funding for research and creative works Project and Presentation. Please consider how UROP can help you enrich your education while contributing to your field, your University, and your community.

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