Research and Consultation

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program provides an avenue for students to get hands-on experience in conducting research. As a UROP student, you can develop your own research project or partner on faculty-conducted research, which can lead to the development of governmental reports, conference presentations and publications in journals.

Current and past research opportunities include examining Russia’s political evolution, evaluating the impact of the “Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count” project, investigating the challenges facing rural business owners, understanding evidenced-based practices within the correctional system and assisting with a historic assessment of women in Virginia politics. These projects represent the tip of the iceberg — opportunities to conduct research exist for all disciplines within the Wilder School.

It is our goal to stimulate your mind through this direct research experience. We envision the program as a springboard to advance your educational goals and provide direction toward areas of specialization within your discipline. Our program coordinator will assist you in finding the right faculty member to match your interests.

Students in any undergraduate major in the Wilder School who have at least a 3.0 cumulative overall GPA, or a 3.0 GPA in their major, are eligible to participate in UROP. Students also must have completed the UNIV 200 and research methods courses, with a minimum grade of B in each course. Students undertaking a research project must enroll in GVPA 495 UROP Directed Study, a three-credit course that can be counted one time toward any of the Wilder School’s undergraduate majors.

For more information on the program or questions about eligibility , please visit the Office of Research’s UROP page.

For questions about how you can partner with a Wilder School affiliated faculty member, please contact Jason K. Levy, Ph.D., at or (804) 828-8040.