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Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP)

The University of Michigan Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) is designed for outstanding undergraduate students who are underrepresented in their field of study. This program provides students with the opportunity to conduct an intensive graduate level research project with faculty and graduate students at the University of Michigan. This 8-week program 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 Ph.D. 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 Ph.D. program at U-M

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Benefits

  • $4,000 stipend
  • Roundtrip airfare or mileage
  • Room and board in University housing facilities
  • GRE preparation course at no additional cost
  • Weekly seminars to help prepare for graduate school
  • Networking and professional development opportunities
  • Access to campus facilities such as libraries, computer labs, etc. (gym fees are extra)
  • Fee waiver to apply to a Rackham Graduate School doctoral program

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. SROP is held on the U-M Ann Arbor campus.

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. Before starting your application, make sure to review the “Faculty Mentor Project List” for a list of research projects available this summer.

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 more information on SROP options at other institutions.

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 2017.
  • Have an interest in pursuing a doctoral 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.

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.

Application

Please read the SROP Application Process and Guidelines thoroughly before starting the application. Note: If you are applying to participate in an Engineering SROP program, you will have a slightly varied application. For additional details, please e-mail sropprogram@umich.edu.

Complete and submit the application and upload all documentation:

  • Personal and Academic Statements
  • Rank the top three research projects/faculty mentors with whom you would like to work during the summer.
  • Two complete Letters of Recommendation. They must be submitted electronically (no paper copies) and must be received by the deadline for program consideration.
  • Unofficial transcript which reflects all earned undergraduate credits and grades through December 2016. Students accepted to the program will be required to submit an official transcript.

Only application materials submitted online (application, personal and academic statements, faculty mentor selection, and letters of recommendation) using the U-M website will be reviewed. Documents submitted via e-mail or paper copies will not be accepted. Incomplete and late applications will not be accepted or considered.

Deadline

Applications and supporting documentation must be received online by January 15, 2017, 11:59 pm, Eastern time. The application will not be available after January 15, 2017, 11:59 pm, Eastern time.

U-M will notify applicants of acceptance into U-M SROP by e-mail between March and April 2017. 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.

Applicants who do not receive an offer of acceptance by e-mail will be notified of their status in early May 2017.

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 an 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.

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.

I’m having trouble finding a project that I’m interested in. What should I do?

The SROP faculty project database is updated by faculty and new projects could be added throughout the process. Most of the faculty have appointments with different departments and we encourage you to search for projects by department and faculty name as well.

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 some coverage for visits to the ER, "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 2017. 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 2017.