Since 2004, UROP has connected Victorian students studying STEM undergraduate degrees with the opportunity to undertake paid work experience across a number of biomedical research organisations.
Robust, critical evaluations of STEM initiatives clearly identify what is working and what impact initiatives have. Drawing on such information helps to improve efficiency and effectiveness and better assist future decisions.
In 2022, CSIRO Education and Outreach Impact and Evaluation team conducted research to gain a clearer understanding about the extent UROP has influenced participants' long-term education and careers pathways.
Self-reported feedback from participants indicates an overwhelmingly positive perception of UROP, with most participants stating that UROP had a significant impact on their education and/or career decision.