The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) is back
We are happy to announce that UROP is relaunching and applications will open on 26 July 2021. Applications will remain open until 13 of August 2021 (23:59h AEST).
To apply, fill in either the Student application form or the Supervisor application form (available 26 July). Find more details about the eligibility and application process.
CSIRO's number one concern continues to be the safety of our staff, their families and our partners and program participants – both students and supervisors. We will be proactive in managing the risk posed by COVID-19 in an ever-changing and dynamic environment and enacting the appropriate steps to ensure that everyone remains safe.
If you have any questions, please contact us at UROP@CSIRO.au
How does the program work?
Students undertake a project which is part of the research program of a research laboratory, are supervised by a research scientist and work alongside other research staff and students in the team.
A wide variety of projects are available to UROP students including those in basic biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, physiology, bioengineering and bioinformatics. Most research positions available through the UROP scheme are laboratory based, but UROP also offers research projects for computational science, engineering and mathematics students, among others.
Through the program students gain an insight into biomedical research careers and valuable hands-on experience and expertise in laboratory techniques. At the same time the scheme enhances the biomedical research industry's workforce capability by attracting high performing students and building the skills needed for a career in research. UROP aims to:
- give high performing undergraduate students 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.
Benefits for students
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 scientific publications, patents and presentations
- create a professional network
- participate in career development workshops and events.
Benefits for supervisors
As a UROP 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 within the UROP community.
Pay and conditions
UROP students are employed by the host laboratory as casual staff, at a rate approximately equivalent to universities’ HEW 2 level (approx. $34/hour). Student employment contracts are with the organisation in which they are placed.
Payment is managed through each research organisation’s Human Resources unit. Throughout placements, students are covered by all regulations and conditions governing the research organisation, including occupational health and safety, good scientific practice, ethics, intellectual property and confidentiality.
Timeframe of placements
UROP is designed to allow students to become integrated into the research group – students are expected to hold their positions for a minimum of six months.
UROP students must work full-time during some or all of their university vacation periods (approx. two weeks during the winter recess and four weeks during the summer recess) and around eight hours a week during semester. It is recommended that during semester, students work at least one eight hour day, or two half days per week.
UROP students must be available to commence work in laboratories during the university’s vacation periods (June-July and November-February). Actual start dates are arranged by the supervisor and student.