Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program

Inspiring biomedical career paths for students

UROP is a unique and highly competitive scheme providing undergraduate students with first-hand experience of research in the biomedical sciences, through paid casual employment in research teams.

Through UROP, Biomedical Research Victoria provides employers with a budding research talent custom-matched to the requirements of their research laboratory.

UROP is looking for:

  • Students interested in a career in biomedical research
  • Students studying mathematics or statistics (knowledge of biology not required)
  • Students with strong skills in computer programming/computer science (knowledge of biology not required)
  • Students studying biomedical/electrical/software engineering (knowledge of biology not required)
  • Students interested in clinical research
  • Supervisors that seek to host UROP students

Building skills through education & training

UROP’s mission is to enhance biomedical and biotechnology skills capability-building for Victoria, specifically:

  • To give as many high performing undergraduate students as possible an opportunity to gain real life experience as part of biomedical research teams;
  • To build workforce capacity skilled in biomedical research, particularly in developing fields, and attract students from other disciplines into the biomedical and biotechnology sector;
  • To widen community and industry understanding of biomedical science through the formation of linkages between universities, the medical research institutes and the biomedical industry;
  • To increase the number of ‘work-ready’ graduates.

UROP is a paid employment 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. Students undertake a project which is part of the research program of a biomedical research laboratory. 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, clinical, computational or mathematical/statistical, computational or dealing with clinical data.

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

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

  • Be part of the excitement of being a researcher in an internationally competitive laboratory
  • 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

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