10th Anniversary

Launched in the summer of 2005, UROP is stepping into its 10th year in 2015. With the aim of providing opportunities for undergraduates to participate in academic research, UROP has received enthusiastic support from our faculty members and positive feedback from students. It has helped to foster a research culture within our undergraduate community and has evolved into a signature program at HKUST.

UROP Milestones (2004-05 to 2014-15)
  • UROP was launched in the summer of 2005, to provide undergraduate students with the opportunity to engage in academic research.
  • Since then, the program has been offered every summer,giving students the opportunity to conduct individual research projects under the faculty’s supervision.
  • In Fall 2010, the UROP website was revamped.
  • In the same year, we introduced the new course series (UROP110/120/130), which is credit-bearing and is offered throughout the year.
  • Offered in summer only, UROP100 is a zero credit course that provides a stipend.
  • Under the new 4-digit course coding system, the UROP100/110/120/130 course codes were updated to UROP1000/1100/1200/1300, respectively.
  • In Summer 2012, the International Research Opportunities Program (IROP) was launched, in which we partnered with MIT to offer students from each institution the opportunity to engage in faculty-led research in an overseas setting.
  • In Spring 2014, a new course UROP1400 was added to the series stream, allowing students to spread each research project over four semesters
  • Since Fall 2014, the UROP1100/1200/1300/1400 course series has been recoded to UROP1100/2100/3100/4100, to reflect the progression in the research.
  • Starting from Summer 2015, UROP procedures including application and grade submission are moved to the UROP Online System to enhance efficiency and reduce paper waste.

Sopheak SORN
BSc in Physics

UROP allows me to meet with my supervisor to discuss serious topics at the frontier of the fields of my interest and get to learn beyond normal courses. It has reflected my ability to think critically, to formulate new research problems, and to solve them. Demands in dealing with the research problems have pushed the upper bound of my knowledge at an unprecedented rate. All of these are very helpful for me to pursue a higher degree in the future. Because of these valuable experiences, interested students shall take advantage of this opportunity as much and early as possible.