Summer Research Opportunity Program

University of Michigan, Rackham School
Ann Arbor, MI.
Type Basic Science Research, Test Preparation
Dates 30 May 2018 - 26 Jul 2018
Deadline February 9, 2018


The University of Michigan Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) is designed for outstanding undergraduate students who are underrepresented in their field of study. This program provides students with the opportunity to conduct an intensive graduate level research project with faculty and graduate students at the University of Michigan. This 8-week program culminates in a research symposium where each participant presents their research project. Throughout the program, all students will engage in a series of academic, professional, and personal development seminars.

The goal of this program is to:

  • Introduce students to and prepare them for advanced studies in a Ph.D. program at U-M
  • Build professional and personal networks to support student’s interest in joining the academic community
  • Encourage students to apply to a Ph.D. program at U-M


Please read the eligibility requirements carefully, as they may differ from Summer Research Opportunity Programs at other member universities that participate in the Big Ten Academic Alliance SROP programs. Students from diverse backgrounds in the social sciences, physical or natural sciences and engineering are encouraged to apply. Before starting your application, make sure to review the “Faculty Mentor Project List” for a list of research projects available this summer.

Students in the Humanities are encouraged to apply to the Michigan Humanities Emerging Research Scholars (MICHHERS) program.

We are not able to accept students currently enrolled at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Currently enrolled U-M Ann Arbor students should contact the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) for more information on summer internships at U-M. Also, visit the Big Ten Academic Alliance website for more information on SROP options at other institutions.

Applicants must:

  • Be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or non-U.S. citizens with DACA
  • Have a minimum overall 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Be entering their junior or senior year in college (at a school other than the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) and not be scheduled to graduate before December 2018.
  • Have an interest in pursuing a doctoral degree in one of the Rackham graduate programs. Please note that this does not include programs leading to professional degrees, e.g., Medical School (M.D.), Law School (J.D.), and Business School (M.B.A.).
  • Have a genuine interest in academic research and/or teaching as a career.
  • Have personal medical/health insurance coverage throughout the duration of the program.

Applicants must also meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Come from an educational, cultural or geographic background that is underrepresented in graduate study in their discipline in the United States or at the University of Michigan.
  • Have demonstrated a commitment to diversity in the academic, professional, or civic realm through their work experience, volunteer engagement, or leadership of student or community organizations. By diversity, we mean efforts to reduce social, educational or economic disparities based on race, ethnicity or gender, or to improve race relations in the United States.
  • Have experienced financial hardship as a result of family economic circumstances.
  • Are first-generation U.S. citizens or will be the first in their families to graduate from a four-year college or university.

More Information

1530 Rackham Building
915 E. Washington St., Ste. 1530
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1070
Phone: (734) 647-4013
Fax: (734) 936-2848