The University of Arizona Graduate College administers five undergraduate research programs: UROC-PREP, Summer Research Institute, Minority Health Disparities, Maximizing Access to Research Careers, and Student Affairs Research Program. These programs share an application, which you can easily navigate to on the left side of this page.

Along with our affiliated programs --  primarily NSF-funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs) --  we are collectively known as the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Consortium (UROC). Brief descriptions and links to our affiliates' web pages are provided below.

UROC  provides participants with excellent research training and graduate school preparation through

  • an intensive 10-week research experience under the guidance of a faculty mentor
  • professional development and graduate admission workshops
  • a free professional GRE workshop and encouragement to take the GRE during UROC
  • social opportunities and a support network of like-minded peers
  • poster session, oral presentation, and abstract writing.

Financial support is provided (the amount varies by program) and convenient on campus housing is available.

There are many reasons for embarking on graduate study. Higher earnings and lower unemployment rates are two good reasons. Check out the recent US Bureau of Labor Statistics Data.

Typical eligibility requirements

  • Class standing
  • US citizen or permanent resident
  • 3.0 GPA or above
  • Strong interest in pursuing graduate education, particularly in earning a master’s or PhD.

We have closed the application process for summer 2015 programs. The application deadline was Feburary 1, 2015.  Applicants who need to complete the supplementary application regarding their research interests may do so through February 6, clicking the link on the navigation bar labeled "2015 Application - Supplemental Questions".

2015 Dates: June 7 - August 12

Tell a friend! Flyers to share:

English 340 students, summer 2013 UROC-PREP is a year-round undergraduate research and mentoring program for UA students who come from backgrounds underrepresented in graduate education and have interest in pursuing a research oriented graduate degree (Master’s or PhD). 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. View/share the UROC-PREP flyer: uroc_prep.pdf
Application Deadline:  November 15.

Contact: Dr. Andrew Huerta

Summer Research Institute Summer Research Institute (SRI) 

SRI, funded by the University of Arizona, is open to juniors and seniors of all disciplines, including social science, humanities, fine arts, and STEM.  SRI accepts students from other universities as funding is available.
Application Deadline: February 1.

Contact: Donna Treloar

Student working in mosquito lab Minority Health Disparities  (MHD)

MHD, funded by NIH and UA, focuses on health issues that affect minority communities in a disproportionate manner. Open to junior or senior biomedical majors interested in continuing their education at the PhD level, MHD accepts students from other universities as funding is available.
Application Deadline: February 1.

Contact: Holly Lopez

Students listening intently to graduate school preparation speaker Don Asher

Maximizing Access to Research Careers Program

This is a unique research, mentoring, financial, and academic opportunity for UA undergraduates belonging to a group considered underrepresented in biomedical research and who have interest and potential to pursue a career in this broad field. Benefits include training and financial support for the last two years of enrollment at UA. MARC Trainees from other schools are invited to participate in MHD, which meets  jointly with the MARC program during the summer.

Application Deadline: February 1.

Contact: Cindy Neal

Students and faculty interaction at poster session Student Affairs Research Program (STAR)

STAR, funded  by UA Student Affairs in partnership with the UA Graduate College, is open to UA juniors and seniors of all disciplines, including social science, humanities, fine arts, and STEM.  This program is open only to UA students.
Application Deadline: November 15.

Contact: Nura Dualeh

Students receive individual recognition at the closing ceremony

Programa de Verano de la Investigación 

This program is a partnership among the UA and multiple universities in Mexico and Latin America.

Contact: Dra. Nadia Alvarez Mexía
All UROC students showcase their research at the annual UROC conference

Biosphere 2 Research Experiences for Undergraduates (NSF REU)

UA’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.

Contact: Katerina Dontsova

CatVehicle students engaged in conversation

Electrical and Computer Engineering Cat Vehicle (NSF REU)

This 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 15.

Contact: Nancy Emptage

UROC provides many professional development workshops and activities

Integrated Optics for Undergraduates (IOU) (NSF REU)

UA is the lead institution for this NSF Engineering Research Center. Students work collaboratively with faculty, graduate students, and other professionals on research projects that focus on creating ultra-broadband communication networks using photonics and various other optics applications.

Application Deadline: February 15.

Contact: Ameé Hennig

IOU-NA 2014 Cohort

Integrated Optics for Undergraduate Native Americans (IOU-NA) (NSF REU)

This Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program is designed for Native American students interested in participating in hands-on research opportunities in one of the following topics: optics and photonics, hydrology, soil sciences, atmospheric sciences, and environmental sciences. IOU-NA students will also participate in Native American focused workshops facilitated by University of Arizona’s Native American-serving entities, gain hands-on experience in CIAN’s two-week Optics Research Workshop (ORW), attend presentations given by Native American STEM graduate students and Native American STEM faculty, as well as participate in other activities designed specially to support Native American Undergraduate students.

Application Deadline: February 13

Contact: Amee Hennig

RiO students working on a project.

Research in Optics (RiO)

The UA College of Optical Sciences is internationally recognized for its innovative research programs. Our research covers a broad set of technologies and techniques for using the properties and applications of light, touching virtually every field of science and industry. Our faculty are innovative and decorated — and constantly expanding the boundaries of optics knowledge. Apply to become part of the experience by doing an REU with our Research in Optics (RiO) program! This program is geared towards students in the STEM fields and open to rising juniors and seniors or second year community college students.

Application Deadline: March 1

Contact: Melissa Sarmiento Ayala


Last updated 20 Aug 2015