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