Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program

Posted: 20 February 2024

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) facilitates undergraduate student placements at biomedical research organisations in Victoria.

How does the program work?
Students undertake a project as part of a research laboratory under the supervision of a scientist and work alongside other research staff and students in the team.
UROP is designed to allow students to integrate into the research group, so they are expected to hold their positions for a minimum of six months. UROP students are employed by the host organisation and payment is managed through that organisation’s Human Resources unit.

Program aims
Through UROP, students gain an insight into biomedical research careers and valuable hands-on experience and expertise in laboratory techniques. At the same time, the program enhances the biomedical research industry’s workforce capability by attracting high performing students and building the skills needed for a career in research.

UROP aims to:
• build workforce capacity in biomedical research, particularly in developing fields
• attract students from other disciplines into the biomedical and biotechnology sector
• give high performing undergraduate students an opportunity to gain experience in a biomedical research team
• build relationships between universities, research organisations and the biomedical industry
• increase the number of ‘work-ready’ graduates.

Benefits for students
As a student, you will:
• develop skillsets for future employment
• develop expertise in laboratory techniques and experimental design
• experience being part of a research team
• potentially contribute to scientific publications, patents and presentations
• create a professional network
• participate in career development workshops and events.

Benefits for supervisors
As a UROP supervisor, you will:
• support workforce development, with many UROP alumni pursuing research careers in industry or academia via pathways such as Honours, Masters and PhDs
• have access to exceptional and highly capable undergraduate students
• get a student who best fits with your research project and team
• open opportunities for early-mid career researchers and PhD students in your team to develop supervision skills
• potentially connect and collaborate within the UROP community.

Who is eligible to apply?
• Students in the second or third year of their undergraduate course, with at least one full semester remaining when placements start during the winter or summer vacation.
• Students in double degrees who have completed two full years of their undergraduate degree.
• Students must be enrolled at a Victorian tertiary institution.

Please contact Dr Sandani Udabage at sandani.udabage@csiro.au or 0482 801 878 for further information.

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