Research has both short and long term benefits, and is valuable to the individual as well as the community. In today’s competitive job market and graduate/ professional school application processes, undergraduate research allows students’ resumes and CVs to stand apart from the crowd and demonstrate initiative in developing skills relevant to their area of study. UROP makes research available to students outside of the confines of the classroom, where they can engage in discoveries that they find important, timely, and exciting.
Build Life Skills
Actively researching an academic area of interest comes with its own challenges, and completion of research reflects problem-solving skills, advanced inquiry/methodology strategies, and a creativity that cannot be acquired from textbooks alone. Hands-on research allows students to apply and expand on what they have learned in the classroom. Students who undertake research 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. More importantly, taking part in research means participating in a vision of addressing problems and presenting solutions for a better future.
Work with Experts
Research provides an in-depth education by immersing students in an environment where they can work side-by-side with leaders and faculty members of their field using groundbreaking technologies.
Make Yourself Known
Students can present their research at international conferences and make essential connections with those in similar academic fields.
Research is Exciting!
Students who have participated in past projects funded by UROP have conducted a diverse array research 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 an opportunity for undergraduate students to apply for funding in the form of research and presentation awards. These will be awarded to exemplary students whose proposals reflect high quality academic research in their various areas.
For those who do not yet have a particular project in mind, UROP provides information for all students at UH Mānoa to participate in existing projects that have been established at UH Mānoa, as well as by other individuals, foundations, and organizations.
Please consider how UROP can help you enrich your education, gain unique life experiences, and contribute your research efforts to academic and international communities.