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Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP)

Entering its 32nd year, the University of Michigan Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) is designed for outstanding undergraduate students who are underrepresented in their field of study. The goal of this program is to provide students with the opportunity to conduct an intensive graduate level research project with faculty and graduate students at the University of Michigan (U-M). This 8-week program, held on the Ann Arbor campus, culminates in a research symposium where each participant presents their research project. Throughout the program, all students will engage in a series of academic, professional, and personal development seminars.

The goal of this program is to:

  • Introduce students to and prepare them for advanced studies in a graduate program at U-M
  • Build professional and personal networks to support student’s interest in joining the academic community
  • Encourage students to apply to a graduate program at U-M

Participant Benefits

  • $4,500 stipend (includes self-arranged travel and transportation)
  • Room and Board in University housing facilities
  • Meal Plan
  • GRE preparation course
  • Application fee waiver to apply to a Rackham Graduate School program
  • Access to campus facilities such as libraries (gym fees are extra)
  • Wireless Internet and Computer Lab Access
  • Social Events

Academic Benefits

  • Research and graduate application mentorship by faculty and graduate students
  • GRE preparation course
  • Weekly seminars to help prepare for graduate school
  • Networking and professional development opportunities
  • Community of Scholars
  • Research Symposium with oral and poster presentations
  • Exposure to the U-M, Ann Arbor campus, and its resources

SROP participants are expected to participate full-time during the 8-week program. Participants may not enroll in classes, concurrent summer programs, or hold other employment during the period of the program. Program start and end dates cannot be modified.

Eligibility Requirements

Please read the eligibility requirements carefully, as they may differ from Summer Research Opportunity Programs at other member universities that participate in the Big Ten Academic Alliance SROP programs. Students from diverse backgrounds in the social sciences, physical or natural sciences and engineering are encouraged to apply.

Applicants must:

  • Be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or non-U.S. citizens with DACA
  • Have a minimum overall 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Be entering their junior or senior year in college (at a school other than the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) and not be scheduled to graduate before December 2018.
  • Have an interest in pursuing a graduate degree in one of the Rackham graduate programs. Please note that this does not include programs leading to professional degrees, e.g., Medical School (M.D.), Law School (J.D.), and Business School (M.B.A.).
  • Have a genuine interest in academic research and/or teaching as a career.
  • Have personal medical/health insurance coverage throughout the duration of the program. Health insurance coverage should include Michigan and Emergency Room coverage.

Applicants must also meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Come from an educational, cultural, or geographic background that is underrepresented in graduate study in their discipline in the United States or at the University of Michigan.
  • Have demonstrated a commitment to diversity in the academic, professional, or civic realm through their work experience, volunteer engagement, or leadership of student or community organizations. By diversity, we mean efforts to reduce social, educational, or economic disparities based on race, ethnicity, or gender, or to improve race relations in the United States.
  • Have experienced financial hardship as a result of family economic circumstances.
  • Are first-generation U.S. citizens or will be the first in their families to graduate from a four-year college or university.

Students in the Humanities are encouraged to apply to the Michigan Humanities Emerging Research Scholars (MICHHERS) program.

We are not able to accept students currently enrolled at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Currently enrolled U-M Ann Arbor students should contact the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) for more information on summer internships at U-M. Also, visit the Big Ten Academic Alliance website for information on SROP options at other institutions.

Students currently enrolled at U-M Flint and Dearborn campuses are encouraged to apply.

Applying

Please read the SROP Application Process and Guidelines thoroughly before starting the application. For additional details, please e-mail sropprogram@umich.edu.

Deadline to Apply

Applications and supporting documentation must be received online by February 9, 2018, 11:59 p.m., EST. The application will not be available after this date.

U-M will notify applicants of acceptance into U-M SROP by e-mail during April 2018. Offers of acceptance will continue until all available spots are filled. Students who choose to accept their offer into SROP will be required to register and submit a health/medical insurance statement verifying Michigan and emergency room coverage.

Applicants who do not receive an offer of acceptance by e-mail will be notified of their status in early May 2018.

For Applicants Accepted as Scholars

Official acceptance agreements will be included with the pre-arrival paperwork.

SROP Activity Timeline
Date Activity
April

Access to the 2018 Scholar Course Site and pre-arrival information sent.

Students accepted into the Summer Research Opportunity Program are sent access information for the scholar website and pre-arrival documents through the e-mail address provided on the University of Michigan Summer Research Opportunity Program application.

Early April

Pre-arrival information deadline.

Summer scholars must submit pre-arrival documents, including the Student Participant Form, Photo and Photo Release Form, Web Prospect Form, and Direct Deposit.

May

Travel arrangements and pre-program information.

Students arrange own travel and transportation to U-M Ann Arbor campus. Roommate information and other details about campus and Ann Arbor will be provided through the online program portal. Faculty mentors may contact scholars with readings or other preparation such as online training prior to the start of the Summer Research Opportunity Program.

May 30 Travel to Ann Arbor and Welcome Pizza Dinner
May 31 Program and Campus Orientation
June 1 GRE Course 8:30 am to 11:00 am (Fridays through July 20)
June 1 Social Activity Evening
June 2 Social Activity 8:30 am to 6:00 pm (Detroit Trip)
June 4 First Day of Research
July 20 Last Day of Research
July 25 Research Symposium; Farewell Lunch (Robertson Auditorium, Ross School of Business
July 26 Depart Ann Arbor

Frequently Asked Questions

I’ve attended more than one undergraduate institution. Do I need to upload a transcript from each one?

Yes. You must upload a transcript from each university you have attended. You can scan your transcripts and save them as one document.

What is the minimum GPA required?

All applicants must have a minimum overall 3.0 GPA (4.0 scale). Unfortunately, we cannot accept applications from students who do not meet this criterion.

Are applications from international students accepted?

SROP is only for domestic students (U.S., permanent residents, or non-U.S. citizens with DACA). Non-U.S. citizens without DACA are ineligible.

I am currently an undergraduate student at U-M, can I apply to the program?

We are not able to accept students currently enrolled at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Currently enrolled U-M students should contact the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program for more information on summer internships at U-M. Also, visit the Big Ten Academic Alliance website for more information on other SROP programs. We accept applicants from the University of Michigan Flint and Dearborn campuses.

I am a freshman, can I apply to the program?

The program is for students who will be juniors or seniors after participating in the program.

I am a senior, can I apply to the program?

You must be returning to complete at least one semester of undergraduate education after completing the SROP experience.

I’ve applied to SROP in the past but didn’t get accepted. Can I apply again?

Yes, students who have applied to SROP in the past may apply again. A previous application to SROP will not influence your current SROP application.

Are SROP participants allowed to take courses during the summer?

No, SROP is an intensive research experience and we expect your full-time commitment to the program.

The program starts before the end of the semester, if selected, can I still participate?

Yes, we work with students to make sure they can participate in the program and successfully complete their coursework at their home institution.

Is health insurance required?

SROP participants are required to have some form of health insurance during the summer. If you are selected and accept the offer, as a minimum you will need to have coverage in Michigan, visits to the ER, and "Catastrophic Health Insurance." Additional information will be provided to those admitted to the program.

Should I apply using the Big Ten Academic Alliance shared application or the U-M application?

The University of Michigan has a campus-specific application and does not participate in the shared application process.

Will you consider applications past the deadline?

All application materials must be submitted and/or postmarked by the deadline.

When can I expect to hear about the status of my application?

Offers of acceptance into U-M SROP will be sent by e-mail between March and April 2018. Offers of acceptance will continue until all available spots are filled. Applicants who do not receive an offer of acceptance by e-mail will be notified of their status in early May 2018.

Last updated: December 5, 2017 - 9:00am