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UROP: 12th Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program


Project 01: Computational and Statistical Analysis of Fiber-Reinforced Composite Materials


Project 02: Microvascular Based Self-Healing Fiber Reinforced Composites


Project 03:  Regeneration of Impact Damage in Polymers


Project 04:  Triggered Depolymerization of Polymers for Transient Microelectronics


Project 05:  Shock Wave Energy Dissipation (SWED) by Mechanochemically-Active Materials


Project 06:  Active Cooling of Aerospace Grade Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Composites


Project 07:  Development and Characterization of a Tow-Level Composite Test Using a Thermoplastic-Toughened Epoxy


Project 08:  Effect of Cycling Rate on Graphite Electrode Capacity in Lithium-Ion Batteries


Project 09: Positioning Underwater Robots Where GPS Cannot Reach

(no funding; course credit or experience only)

Project 10:  Lower Atmospheric Ionospheric Coupling Experiment (LAICE) CubeSat (2 Positions)


Project 11:  Nonlinear Programming using GPUs


Project 12:  CubeSail Solar Sail Flight Experiment (2 positions)

Project 13Experimental Studies of a Supersonic Jet Tangent to a Plate

Project 14Pressure Sensitive Paint Applications for Swept Wings with Artificial Ice Shapes


Project 15: Simulations of a Full-Scale Leading-Edge Swept Wings in an Icing Tunnel





What is UROP?

NASA’s Illinois Space Grant Consortium (ISGC) is happy to announce that its 12th 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 2014 graduates with a GPA of 3.0 or higher to apply to participate in UROP.

We envision this program to involve about 17 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 19 and August 8, 2014, 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 2014.


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 28, 2014


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 and transcripts are due by February 28, 2014.

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: February 12, 2014