Undergrads, want a summer job in energy? Check out UROP opportunities

Wednesday, February 03, 2016


Got questions? Read the UROP FAQ at the bottom of this page. 

The University of Michigan Energy Institute (UMEI), in partnership with the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) seeks to provide selected U-M undergraduates at all years of study with a $4,000 stipend for a 10-week fellowship to work under the supervision of a University of Michigan faculty member in science, technology, social science, and policy fields related to the following research areas:

  • energy policy, economics, and societal impact
  • carbon-negative emissions for “Beyond Carbon Neutral” interdisciplinary campus project
  • carbon-free energy sources
  • energy storage and utilization
  • transportation and fuels

Suitable mentors may be identified from the UMEI Faculty Affiliates or Beyond Carbon Neutral project faculty. Participating undergraduates will perform research and receive mentoring while they work on the great challenge of our times: meeting the energy needs to our society in a sustainable manner. The UMEI- UROP partnership engages undergraduates who express interest in energy issues and encourage them to advance their education in the field.

In addition to research with a faculty member, students will participate in biweekly lunchtime discussions facilitated by UMEI or Beyond Carbon Neutral related faculty, and will present a poster at the UROP Summer Research Symposium in August. Don't know a Beyond Carbon neutral faculty member? Contact Susan Fancy for more info. 

The UMEI-UROP program seeks to attract a [broadly] diverse student population, which would include women and historically underrepresented students as well as first generation college students and students from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds. The UROP program also offers workshops and resources to assist students with the graduate school application process.

This fellowship is open to current undergraduate students attending the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Campus. Students may not be enrolled in more than one spring or one summer course while participating in the fellowship program. Commitment to summer research is a top priority, and enrollment in spring/summer courses is highly discouraged for program participants.

Stipend Award: $4000 (paid in four installments) Fellowship Dates: Tuesday, May 31 – Friday, August 5, 2016 Application Deadline: Tuesday, March 22, 2016 Orientation: Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Application Instructions
Students should e-mail a single Adobe PDF file including following items to Professor Bart M. Bartlett, Associate Director for Science and Technology, at bartmb@umich.edu.

1. Research Proposal

This three-page research proposal (single-spaced, 12 point font, 1” margins; page limit includes all figures and references) is a persuasive document that describes the purpose of your research, why it should be done, your methodology, your proposed timeline, the scope of the summer project, and your expected results by the end of the fellowship.

Resume or CV

Official Transcript

You will need to submit an official transcript from U of M and any other institutions (higher education institutions, e.g. all community colleges attended)

In addition, students should arrange for summer mentorship with the UMEI Faculty Affiliate or Beyond Carbon Neutral Faculty Member, and ask them to send a recommendation letter to bartmb@umich.edu by the March 22, 2016 deadline. The recommendation letter from the faculty affiliate should include a brief statement of how long and in what capacity the faculty affiliate knows the student. Faculty should also comment specifically on the student’s scholarly potential, maturity, motivation, and ability to work independently in a summer research program. 

UROP Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Must I identify an Energy Institute or Beyond Carbon Neutral faculty advisor with whom to do research and/or come up with the project before I apply?

A: Yes! We only fund students who have an existing relationship with a faculty mentor. The only support letter that you need to submit must be from your faculty sponsor. This is not an appropriate funding mechanism for students to carry out independent projects (without a faculty mentor). To learn about which faculty members are involved with Beyond Carbon Neutral, contact Susan Fancy.

Q: Should I consult with my faculty mentor about the proposal that I write?

A: Probably; yes, if you want it to be competitive. Students and faculty should work together in composing the narrative. I ask the students to submit the proposal to gauge how seriously they've thought about the work. The detail of the proposal translates crudely into the level of commitment we can expect over the summer.

Q: I'm doing study abroad, taking two summer classes, and I've got a month-long family vacation planned for the summer. But: I really want to get my feet wet with research. Can I make up the time before or after the formal program and still get the stipend?

A: We're only funding students who are committed to participating in the full 10-week research experience. Of course, it's fine if a student takes a couple of days off (typical around the 4th of July holiday), but otherwise, they need to prioritize this program.

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