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UROP: 13th Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program


Project 01:

Passive Control of Vortex-Induced Vibration via Targeted Energy Transfer


Project 02:

CubeSail Solar Sail Flight Experiment (2 positions)

Project 03: 

Development of Micro Aerial Vehicles (Control and Navigation)

Project 04: 

Dynamics and Controls of SWARM Spacecraft

Project 05: 

Triggered Release of Corrosion Inhibitors from Electrospun Fibers

Project 06: 

Shock Wave Energy Dissipation (SWED) by Physical and Chemical Reactions in Materials : Microcapsule Approaches

Project 07: 

Microfluidic Emulsion Mixers for Microvascular Delivery of Two-Part Healing Agents

Project 08: 

Autonomous Indication of Damage in Smart Coatings and Composites

Project 09:

Autonomic Thermal Regulation of Structural Polymer Matrix Composites

Project 10: 

Crush Testing of Microvascular Carbon Fiber Composites

Project 11: 

Volumetric Storage and Release for Regenerative Polymeric Coatings

Project 12:

Wind Tunnel Diagnostics for Swept Wings

Project 13:

Simulations of a Full-Scale Leading Edge Swept Wing in an Icing Wind Tunnel


Project 14:

Analysis of Designer/Tailored Linear Aero-Piezo-Viscoelastic Energy Harvesting




What is UROP?

NASA’s Illinois Space Grant Consortium (ISGC) is happy to announce that its 13th Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) will take place this summer. UROP is a program designed to cultivate and support research partnerships between University of Illinois College of Engineering undergraduates and faculty members. All projects focus on NASA-related science and engineering research. We would like to invite highly-motivated sophomores, juniors and seniors as well May 2015 graduates with a GPA of 3.0 or higher to apply to participate in UROP.

We envision this program to involve about 15 undergraduate engineering students who will:

We believe that such a program will provide a unique opportunity for you to become involved in NASA-related research activities.

The selected students will participate in research activities for 10 weeks between May 18 and August 7, 2015, under the supervision of a faculty member. The start and end dates are generally set by your faculty advisor, but we expect you to commit to 10 weeks of intensive research. You will receive a $3,500 stipend, plus a $500 Boeing Scholarship in Fall 2015.


How do I find research projects supported under this UROP?

Research project descriptions submitted by faculty are listed in the column to the right. Please note the Student Background section for knowledge and skills required or preferred.

Who Should Apply?

Highly-motivated students at the indicated levels with a GPA of 3.0 or higher are invited to apply to participate in UROP.  You must be a U.S. citizen to apply.

When do I apply?


A fairly tight schedule will be followed.


Completed Applications Due:
February 13, 2015


How do I apply?

  1. Complete and submit the application form. For your initial entry into the application, click on "Create new account" to start the application.  Enter information into the COMMENTS SECTION of the UROP application form that will aid in the selection process; information such as relevant work experience, leadership activities, computer languages, etc. References given in the application will be contacted by UROP staff IF a recommendation letter is needed.
  2. All application materials are submitted through the on-line site; this includes your resume and transcript/academic history. You do not have to submit an official transcript, but the document does need to include your GPA.   

Completed application forms WITH transcripts are due by February 13, 2015.

In some cases, an interview may be arranged between student and faculty before final selection is announced.


If you have any question, do not hesitate to contact us:


Diane Jeffers
Associate Director of ISGC

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Last Updated: August 20, 2015