Your Questions Answered About UROP

What is UROP?

The Garvan Institute Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) is a scheme designed to give undergraduate students an early opportunity to experience real life in a research laboratory and gain insight into careers in biomedical research.

How does it work?

Students will join one of the Garvan research groups and will either undertake a specific project or be involved in several projects and so develop a wide range of technical skills. They are supervised by a research scientist in a mentoring role and work alongside other research staff and students in the team. The project can be experimental and based in a laboratory, bioinformatical or statistical.

While the scheme is not a formal part of undergraduate coursework, it aims to provide a vertical integration of practical research into the undergraduate years. Students will be able to practice the knowledge and skills obtained in undergraduate science-based courses in this program and vice versa.

What are the benefits of participating in the Program?

There are many benefits to participating in the program. As a student, you will:

  • Be part of the excitement of working in an internationally competitive lab
  • Experience being part of a research team
  • Develop expertise in laboratory techniques and experimental design
  • Potentially contribute to scientific publications, patents and presentations
  • Create future job and post-graduate opportunities through networking
  • Benefit from workshops in scientific and career development

How much time does participation require?

Students are expected to spend a maximum of 8 hours per week on their project over a period of six months. The times are arranged between supervisors and students to fit in with both the student’s and supervisor’s commitments.

Who can apply?

At the time of application, applicants must be in the third year of a three year course, or combined science (or related) degree. Students currently in the first two years of their course or that are undertaking Honours are not eligible to apply.

How are students selected?

Students are selected based on their application and outcome of their interviews with Garvan researchers.

Are students paid?

Students receive an hourly casual rate of pay for the time they work on their project. They are required to fill out time sheets to confirm their attendance.

What conditions apply to projects?

Students receive full safety training upon induction into Garvan. In the time that they are present at Garvan, they are covered by all regulations and conditions governing the organisation, including occupational health and safety, good scientific practice, ethics, intellectual property and confidentiality.

What are the students’ responsibilities?

The UROP scheme provides an invaluable opportunity to experience what work in a research environment is like. As a consequence, UROP students are expected to comply to the same rules that all our researchers abide to.