Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)

IDEA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence

The UROP Program is INBRE's flagship undergraduate research program where junior and senior level students work on an independent research project for 10 weeks over the summer.  This program provides student recipients with an award of $7,200 as a summer student worker, and each mentor receives $1,000 to defray the cost of lab supplies. This program expects students to be engaged in full-time research activity during the 10 week research period.  If outside employment or coursework interferes with the research project, a conference must be held with the INBRE Administrative Core, the student and the mentor prior to the start of the research period. Failure to dedicate adequate time and effort to the research project may result in termination of the award.

Program Guidelines

  • Research projects will begin in early June and include 10-week, full-time, independent research. The mentor must be present during the entire program or the student may become ineligible.
  • Students are required to attend an orientation which includes a required laboratory safety class.
  • Students are required to attend a series of seminars and workshops focused on assisting students planning to pursuing biomedical research careers.
  • All students will present their research project at an undergraduate poster session and the NV INBRE Statewide Annual Meeting in August.


Students must meet all of the following eligibility requirements:

  • U.S. citizens or have a valid employment authorization document (EAD) permitting you to work in the U.S. (DACA students are eligible)
  • Continuing student enrolled in Fall 2022 classes. You are not eligible if graduating in Spring or Summer 2022 or if you already hold a bachelor's degree or higher in a STEM field.
  • 3.0 minimum GPA
  • Undergraduates enrolled at UNR, UNLV, NSC, CSN, GBC, TMCC, SNU or WNC, OR students from Western IDeA states (Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico or Wyoming).  Students from other states referred by the Institute for Neuroscience may still apply, regardless of location.
  • Priority is given to underrepresented/educationally disadvantaged students.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have not received an INBRE UROP award in the past.



  • Once you begin the online UROP application, you can save it and go back in to add information.
  • You will need the name and email for your mentor. The application will automatically send them a link to the reference form to fill out. All references need to be submitted directly by the mentor by the application deadline. Your references will not receive the link to the reference form until your application is fully submitted. Please be sure to allow enough time for your references to complete the reference form. If your reference does not receive the link, please contact Jessica Garfield or Alex Martinez and we can send them a link directly.  If you list your own email in the mentor recommendation section, your application will not be considered.
  • Before you begin, you must have your personal statement, project proposal (if applicable) and unofficial transcript in a single PDF format to upload.

PERSONAL STATEMENT: Please note the applicable requirements depending on your current institution.

  • UNLV/UNR and NSC Students with a Mentor and Project ONLY: Please describe a) your academic background, b) scientific interests, c) any past research experience, and d) what you hope to gain from the research experience. Do not exceed one page.
  • Students from Outreach Institutions, Western region states, or other states ONLY: Please upload a personal statement (not to exceed 2 pages) that includes your academic background and research interests, and what you hope to will be gained from this research experience. If you are selected for this award, you will be matched with an appropriate faculty mentor for a lab experience.  The NV INBRE is only able to provide the $7,200 research award, and you will need to check with your home programs for assistance with travel and housing.

PROJECT PROPOSAL: (UNLV/UNR/NSC Students ONLY): Please create a brief research proposal that is approved by the faculty mentor. The proposal should be a concise statement including a clear hypothesis to be tested or questions to be asked. Do not exceed two pages plus a reference page.

ALL STUDENTS: UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT: Please attach your unofficial transcript in a your single PDF upload along with your personal statement and research proposal (if applicable).

Submit your application here by February 25, 2022 at 11:59PM.

Questions can be directed to garfieldj@med.unr.edu or cmsong@med.unr.edu