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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
  • participate in career development workshops and events.

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

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