The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) enhances the biomedical research industry's workforce capability by attracting high performing students and building the skills needed for a career in research.
Over 700 Victorian undergraduate students have embarked on internships opportunities as part of this program.
UROP aims to:
- provide high performing undergraduate students with an opportunity to gain experience in a biomedical research team
- build workforce capacity in biomedical research, particularly in developing fields
- attract students from other disciplines into the biomedical and biotechnology sector
- build relationships between universities, research organisations and the biomedical industry
- increase the number of 'work-ready' graduates.
While UROP is not a formal part of undergraduate coursework, it is supported by universities because it provides a vertical integration of practical research into undergraduate study years. Students are able to apply the knowledge and skills obtained in undergraduate science-based courses to their lab placements, and vice versa.
Benefits for students
Through UROP, students gain an insight into biomedical research careers and valuable hands-on experience and expertise in laboratory techniques.
As a student, you will:
- experience being part of a research team
- develop expertise in laboratory techniques and experimental design
- develop skillsets for future employment
- potentially contribute to science publications, patents and presentations
- create a professional network.
To apply for UROP, please visit Jobs at CSIRO.
Benefits for supervisors
As a supervisor, you will:
- have access to exceptional and highly capable undergraduate students
- get a custom-matched student who best fits with your research project and team
- support workforce development with many UROP alumni pursuing research careers in industry or academia via pathways such as Honours, Masters and PhDs
- potentially connect and collaborate with the UROP community.
Find out about becoming a supervisor.