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.

Research and creative work give you an opportunity to ...

UROP student, Jeremy Divinagracia, working on his creative works project.   UROP students and their faculty-mentor.   UROP student, Jeremiah Bonilla, in a library with a stack of books needed for her project.

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 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.

UROP student at her project destination with a camera.   A collage picture of a UROP student working on her research project, with her research location, and material.​   Photograph taken by UROP student Ashlee Ai at her research site.

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.

UROP student, Brittany Odegard, conducting interviews.   UROP student collecting soil sample   UROP students working on their project.

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.

UROP student by her research poster.   UROP students her mentors.   UROP student presenting as a panelist.

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.

UROP students standing by their engineered vehicle.   Briana Smith and Makena Duffy posing with the cast of their short film.   UROP creative works student, Rae Kuruhara's, cartoon drawing. 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.
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