NSF EPSCoR Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP)

The Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) announces the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) Summer 2021 Scholarships to promote undergraduate research.

Research Period:  June 1, 2021 – August 10, 2021

Application Deadline:  Friday, March 5, 2021

Focus: The UROP program promotes intensive undergraduate research opportunities for university students. Through these research experiences, our goal is to enhance the recruitment and retention of undergraduates in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines, particularly those related to solar energy and its effects on water resources and the environment in general.

Eligibility: Undergraduate students enrolled full time (1-3 credits for summer) at any NSHE institution during the time they are conducting their research. Scholar must have a NSHE faculty mentor to supervise their research project. Past recipients of a NSF-EPSCoR undergraduate research scholarship under the current NEXUS award are not eligible to apply.

Students working in areas of science, technology, engineering or math (STEM), except for medical sciences, are eligible. Fields related to solar energy, water and/or environmental research are of special interest. Students with research tied to medical sciences are encouraged to apply for the National Institutes of Health IDeA Network for Biomedical Research Excellence (NIH INBRE). For more information, visit http://www.unr.edu/inbre.

Students applying for the NSF EPSCoR UROP scholarship are strongly encouraged to participate in the Application Writing Workshop series.  Due to COVID-19, writing workshops will be presented virtually in three different sessions:

Session 1: Learn more about the UROP application, eligibility, roles and responsibilities, connect with potential mentors/mentees, and begin focused writing on your research proposal/personal statement.

Session 2: Work with experienced writing center staff to further draft and edit UROP applications, while learning proper writing techniques for future applications.

Session 3: Finalize UROP applications through a peer-editing process led by experienced writing center staff.

Opportunity URL: https://solarnexus.epscorspo.nevada.edu/nevada-undergraduate-research-opportunity-program-urop/

Undergraduate Position


  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents of the United States, or non-U.S. citizen students with a valid visa.
  • Applicants must be enrolled full-time at any NSHE institution during the time they are conducting their research. For the purposes of this scholarship, full-time during summer is a minimum of 1-3 credits
  • A grade point average of 3.0 is recommended on the applicant’s most recent transcript.
  • UROP student research must be supervised by a faculty mentor from an NSHE institution.
  • UROP awardees must maintain their undergraduate status throughout the entire program.


$4,000/student; $750/mentor for materials and supplies

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Michele Casella

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