Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (UROP)

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (UROP)

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (UROP)

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (UROP)

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (UROP) promotes research amongst NUS Medicine undergraduates. Undergraduate research is carried out under the supervision of a Principal Investigator. Students who participate in UROP will be given credit for research work done, and the grade will be reflected in their final year academic transcripts.

In addition, students who do well in their research projects will be able to submit them for consideration for the Outstanding Undergraduate Research Prize.

Students participating in UROP are encouraged to apply for membership in the Wong Hock Boon Society.

Objective

The UROP aims to provide opportunities for undergraduates to participate in research projects, with the following objectives:

  • To provide early exposure for students in research training in medical sciences
  • To develop independent and critical-thinking doctors of the future
  • To promote an early appreciation of basic science, medical epidemiology and clinical research
Eligibility

All students are eligible to register for the UROP.

Research Projects

The projects may be embarked upon any time during the undergraduate period (projects must be registered online as UROP projects before commencement), and must meet the following criteria:

  • At least 16 weeks of project work duration. Students who wish to have grades reflected on their transcripts must complete a total of 16 weeks of actual project work time.
  • Submission of a project report, which can include a published paper in a scientific journal.
  • Final oral presentation by the student.
  • Supervisor must be a NUS staff appointed by the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine or on the Clinical Faculty Scheme (CFS).
Group Projects

With effect from 29 April 2002, no group projects will be allowed.

Group Projects

For each UROP project, students can claim S$500/- (for consumables).

Click here for the UROP Funding application form.

Application with student’s supervisor’s endorsement should be submitted to:

Attn: Ms Koh Yi lei
NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, Dean’s Office, Research Division
NUHS Tower Block, 1E Kent Ridge Road
Singapore 119228

Submission of UROP Reports for M5 Students

All M5 students with registered UROP projects must submit your final reports via the UROP system.

Supporting documents, such as published papers/awards etc. should be uploaded along with your report for your supervisor’s and the Dean’s Office’s grading consideration.

For any queries, please contact Ms Koh Yi Lei at medkyl@nus.edu.sg.

 

Registration of Projects by Supervisors

Supervisors must register their available projects in the UROP system first before their students can select these projects. Staff under the Clinical Faculty Scheme may also apply as supervisors. Please use the same login and password for the CFS system to access and register your projects for UROP. Click here to register.

Registration of Projects by Students

Students can register for UROP projects at this link. Once you have registered, please click on ‘Projects Registered by Students’ to view your registration.

Withdrawal from UROP

Student(s) who wish to withdraw from UROP are required to seek approval from their supervisor. Please state the project title, name of supervisor, reason(s) for withdrawal, and send the supervisor’s email approval on the withdrawal to Ms Koh Yi Lei at medkyl@nus.edu.sg.


Record of UROP Participation

Undergraduate students who wish to participate in the programme must register online before commencement of the project(s). Please note that there should be no back-dating of projects as only work done from the date of registration will be considered. Each research project must be certified by the supervisor, who may be an academic teaching staff member or a research scientist. Students will be assessed on the following:

  1. Literature research
  2. Project work
  3. Number of hours
  4. Commitment
  5. Quality of work
  6. Project report
  7. Scientific publication
  8. Conference/seminar participation
  9. Awards

Students who have participated successfully (at least 16 weeks of project work) in the UROP will have their participation inscribed in their final year academic transcripts. Participation with Pass, Merit and Distinction will be recorded.


Copyrights and Patents

All copyrights and patents from the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (UROP) are governed by the University rules. Detailed information may be obtained from the Rules and Regulations handbook of NUS.

Guidelines for Staff Supervising UROP

1. Selection of Projects

All academic staff, including research scientists who would like to supervise student research work should submit a summary of their projects in the online registration form.

2. Maximum number of students

Each supervisor may supervise up to a maximum of 3 research students during each project period, subject to the approval of the relevant Head of Department.

3. Criteria for assessment

The supervisor will assess the student’s UROP participation based on the following:

  1. Literature research
  2. Project work
    – Number of hours
    – Commitment
    – Quality of work
  3. Project report
  4. Scientific publication
  5. Conference/seminar participation


4. Grading guidelines

The following criteria will be used to assess the performance of students participating in the UROP:

a) Criteria for Pass

  1. Total project time of a minimum of 16 weeks,
  2. Oral presentation by student, and
  3. Submission of a project report to the satisfaction of the supervisor.

b) Criteria for Merit

  1. Total project time of a minimum of 16 weeks,
  2. Oral presentation by student,
  3. Submission of a project report to the satisfaction of the supervisor, and
  4. 1 publication in an international/regional refereed journal (Editor’s letter of acceptance for publication to be attached)or
  5. 1 or more (oral or poster) presentations at local/regional/international conferences (abstract accepted for conference proceedings/email correspondences) as first author

 c) Criteria for Distinction 

  1. Total project time of a minimum of 16 weeks,
  2. Oral presentation by student,
  3. Submission of a project report to the satisfaction of the supervisor, and
  4. 2 or more publications in an international journal as first authoror
  5. 1 publication in a journal with high impact factor (Journal is top 25% in the field)or
  6. Winner of one of the following Research Prize for Undergraduates:
    – Outstanding Undergraduate Research Prize (OURP)
    – Received an award at a reputable scientific meeting/conference

All Research awards must be awarded prior to grading. All supporting documents and certificates must be submitted before grading for consideration.

Any other undergraduate research awards will be considered on a case by case basis.