UROC Programs Overview

UROC Applications are currently closed until Fall 2023. 

The Graduate College supported UROC research programs (McNair, UROC-PREP, AWARDSS-PLUS, SRI, MHD, MARC, STARS) share one application, noted as the "UROC Application" in the left menu.  Our affiliate research programs (noted with an asterisk *), B2, CAT Vehicle, High Frequency, and PACT; each maintain individual program applications. Visit their websites for more information.  

(NOTE: Year-Round Program Applications are still being accepted and will be admitted with a Summer 2023 start instead January 2022 start.)

Year-Round Programs                                     Summer-Only programs

Year-Round Programs

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Ronald E. McNair Program

The Ronald E. McNair Achievement Program (McNair) is a year-round undergraduate research and mentoring program for UArizona students who come from backgrounds underrepresented in graduate education and have interest in pursuing a doctoral degree (PhD).  Funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, McNair primarily recruits students in the STEM fields and assists them in developing the skills necessary to excel in their academic studies and provide assistance in admission into a doctoral program.  Students interested in professional school (i.e., MD, JD, DVM) are not eligible.  

Summer Start Application Deadline:  April 3, 2023

Contact: Dr. Andrew Huerta

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UROC-PREP is a year-round undergraduate research and mentoring program for UArizona students who come from backgrounds underrepresented in graduate education and have interest in pursuing a graduate degree (Master's or PhD).  This program is for UArizona students only and is open to juniors and seniors of all disciplines, including social science, humanities, fine arts, and STEM.  There is a spring semester writing intensive component, that leads into summer research, and concludes with a one-unit graduate school preparation course in the fall.  Students interested in professional school (i.e., MD, JD, DVM) are not eligible.  

Application Deadline: CLOSED

Contact: Dr. Andrew Huerta

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AWARDSS

Access, Wellness, and Relational Determinants of Student Success (AWARDSS) - year-round program
The AWARDSS program, funded by the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education to The University of Arizona in collaboration with the UArizona College of Education, College of Applied Science & Technology, and the UArizona Graduate College, blends research mentorship, graduate school preparation, and networking for a flexible, high-quality research/preparation experience.  The primary focus of AWARDSS-PLUS is to provide upper-level undergraduate students, recent graduates, and terminal master's students with experiences conducting educational research while preparing for doctoral study.  The interdisciplinary training program's theme focuses on examining individual and societal contributions to student success.    

Application Deadline: CLOSED

Contact: coe-awardss@email.arizona.edu

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ASEMS

ASEMS Scholar Training Academy for Research in STEM (STARS) - year-round program
The STARS program is a year-round undergraduate research and mentoring program for UArizona ASEMS students who come from backgrounds underrepresented in graduate education and have interest in pursuing a doctoral degree (PhD).  Funded through a grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, STARS recruits ASEMS' students in STEM fields and assists them in developing the skills necessary to excel in their academic studies and provides assistance with admission into a doctoral program.  Students interested in professional school (i.e., MD, JD, DVM) are not eligible.

Application Deadline: CLOSED

Contact: Leah Callovini 

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Maximizing Access to Research Careers

Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) - Year-round     
MARC is a unique research, mentoring, financial, and academic opportunity for undergraduates belonging to a group considered underrepresented in biomedical research and who have interest and potential to pursue a PhD or combined PhD (e.g., MD/PhD) degree. Benefits include training, financial support and partial tuition support for the last two years of enrollment at UArizona.  MARC Trainees from other schools are invited to apply to the Minimizing Health Disparities (MHD) program (noted above), which meets jointly with the UArizona MARC program during the summer. NOTE: Program Begins in the Summer.

Application Deadline: April 3, 2023

Contact: Cindy Neal 

Summer Programs

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Summer Research Institute

Summer Research Institute (SRI)
SRI, funded by The University of Arizona Graduate College, is a summer only undergraduate research program for juniors and seniors (with a minimum of 1 semester before gradation).  It is open to all disciplines, including social science, humanities, fine arts, and STEM.  In addition to UArizona students, SRI also accepts students from other universities dependent upon funding availability.

Application Deadline: February 1, 2023

Contact: Tianna MacMeans

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Minimizing Health Disparities

Minimizing Health Disparities (MHD)
MHD, funded by The University of Arizona Graduate College, is a summer only undergraduate research program that focuses on health issues that affect minority communities in a disproportionate manner.  The program is open to junior or senior biomedical majors interested in continuing their education at the PhD level.  In addition to UArizona students, MHD also accepts students from other universities dependent upon funding availability.

Application Deadline:  February 1, 2023

Contact: Tianna MacMeans

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Biosphere 2

*Biosphere 2 Research Experiences for Undergraduates NSF REU
UArizona's Biosphere 2 facility is the site of this summer research experience.  By using a multidisciplinary approach (involving disciplines such as hydrology, geology, geochemistry, ecology, biology, physics, engineering, and atmospheric sciences) research teams focus on understanding how earth systems respond to environmental change.  Open to freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2023

Contact: Katerina Dontsova

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Cat Vehicle

*ECE Cognitive and Autonomous Test (CAT) Vehicle
The CAT Vehicle research experience for undergraduates (REU) is engaged in the myriad of applications that are related to autonomous ground vehicles. Each summer, 10 NSF-funded undergraduate students participate in an immersive research experience, sitting side-by-side with graduate researchers and working on one of the most compelling and complex applications of today: autonomous systems.

Application Deadline: February 1, 2023

Contact: Noel Hennessey or Courtney Leligdon

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*ECE Research in Cognitive, High Frequency, and Advanced Telecommunications
(No program participation - Summer 2023)
REU-HF students will gain research experience under the mentorship of a team of experienced faculty and advanced graduate student researchers in topics related to high frequency (HF) long range wireless communications.  Long range HF communications allow wireless communication over thousands of kilometers without the need for satellites, and are of immeasurable importance to military and government, aviation, air-to-ground communications, maritime services, public safety and civil service distress communications, space and satellite operations, weather stations, FM and TV broadcasting, and many other communication needs.  This program will provide students a high quality, immersive, and hands-on learning experience in this exciting area.

Application Deadline: February 1, 2023

Contact: Noel Hennessey or Courtney Leligdon

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*ECE Partnership and Proactive Cybersecurity Training (PACT)
The UArizona PACT program is partnered with two institutions, Navajo Technical University and Howard University, and the Argonne National Laboratory.  PACT addresses current and future cybersecurity research challenges and seeks to educate and train the next generation of highly skilled cybersecurity workforce.  

Application Deadline: February 1, 2023

Contact:  Noel Hennessey or Arminda Estrada