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3.5.4    Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme in Science (UROPS)

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The Faculty introduced USRP (Undergraduate Science Research Programme) in AY1994/95. USRP was renamed UROPS in 1998. The aim of this programme is to provide undergraduates with a unique opportunity to work with one or more scientists in a specific area of study. It allows undergraduates to engage actively in research, discussions, intellectual communications and other creative activities, and to experience first-hand the exhilaration of discovery and invention. Students will be presented the challenge of working at, or near, the frontiers of Science and this exposure will complement conventional classroom learning. Through participation in research in the UROPS, a student will get a chance to:

  • enhance his/her knowledge of the latest developments in science and technology;
  • experience an intellectual process of inquiry and creative thinking;
  • interact and form ties with established scientists and members of their groups;
  • hone his/her communication and presentation skills;
  • have the opportunity to mature professionally; and
  • become a value-added graduate.

Students will undertake all phases of research activities, which include reading scientific journals, designing and execution of experiments, analysing data and presenting results.

To ensure some degree of standardisation, the programme will be administered by the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme in Science (UROPS) Committee formed by representatives from the respective departments and chaired by an Assistant Dean or Vice-Dean, with the Dean as Advisor.

Eligibility

To apply for Level-2000 UROPS module/s, the applicant must have:

  1. Completed at least one semester upon application; and
  2. Attained a CAP of at least 3.00.

To apply for Level-3000 UROPS module/s, the applicant must have:

  1. Completed at least three semesters upon application; and
  2. Attained a CAP of at least 3.00.

Module Registration & Evaluation

The module codes for the UROPS projects are: XX2288, XX2289, XX3288 and XX3289 where the first digit in the module code refers to the level at which the project is being undertaken. Each module is worth 4 MCs.

For 8 MCs UROPS, students will read XX2288/XX3288 in one regular semester and XX2289/XX3289 in the following regular semester. Completing the project during Special Term will not be allowed. If a student wishes to withdraw from an 8 MCs UROPS, he/she would need to do so by the first semester in accordance to the modules dropping deadlines in CORS. Withdrawing from an 8 MCs UROPS in the second semester would result in a “F” grade.

A student can only undertake one UROPS project during an academic semester. Also, the same module code cannot be repeated. For e.g., a student who has done a Level-3000 UROPS from the Department of Chemistry (i.e. CM3288) is not allowed to do the same level of UROPS from the same Department again.

For students taking UROPS in Special Terms, the UROPS project must be of 4 MCs workload and completed during the Special Terms. In other words, students must start the project in Special Term (Part 1) and complete it in Special Term (Part 2).

Project Duration: One semester (4 MCs)
Students undertaking a one-semester long project will register online for a 4 MCs UROPS module (i.e. XX2288 or XX3288). Students will be evaluated at the end of the semester and receive a grade for the module.

Project Duration: Two semesters (8 MCs)
Students undertaking a two-semester long project will register online for one 8 MCs project (XX2288 or XX3288 will be preallocated at the beginning of the first semester that they embark on the project). They will only receive an IP (in progress) grade for that module at the end of the first semester since evaluation only takes place at the end of two semesters. The Dean’s Office will preallocate XX2288/XX3288 and XX2289/XX3289 at the beginning of the second semester. Upon evaluation at the end of second semester, students will receive a final grade on both modules XXx288 and XXx289.

Departments will decide on the format of evaluation/ examination.

Application Procedures

The application procedure is outlined below:

FoS_UROPS_Application_Procedures

Application opens for students to meet supervisors 03 Jun – 31 July 2019 4 Nov – 27 Dec 2019
Online Registration (UROPS Only) 14 Jun – 31 July 2019 27 Dec 2019 – 14 Jan 2020
Start UROPS project 12 Aug 2019 13 Jan 2020
Drop with “W” (4 or 8 MCs) Refer to ModReg website Refer to ModReg website
Drop with “F” (4 or 8 MCs) Refer to ModReg website Refer to ModReg website
Submission of full report to Dept Coordinator Before reading week for regular semester
  Semester 1 of AY2019/20* Semester 2 of AY2019/20*
Special Term of AY2019/20*
Students from Partner Universities to liaise with supervisors and obtain email confirmation from supervisors 14 Feb 2020
Students from Partner Universities register online via Non-Graduating application system

For more information, please refer to Summer UROPS website

1 Mar 2020
Application opens for NUS Science students to liaise with supervisors 23 Mar – 3 Apr 2020
Online Registration at student intranet (only for NUS Science students) 6 Apr – 17 Apr 2020
If application is successful, contact supervisor and start UROPS

If application is unsuccessful, liaise and apply for another project

11 May 2020
Drop with “W” (4 or 8 MCs) Refer to Special Term information in Registrar’s Office website for AY19/20 Special Term Part 1
Drop with “F” (4 or 8 MCs) Refer to Special Term information in Registrar’s Office website for AY19/20 Special Term Part 2
Submission of full report to Dept Coordinator By the last week of Special Term Part 2 (exact date to be decided by the Department)

*  Dates are subject to change. For latest updates, please visit http://www.science.nus.edu.sg/undergraduate-studies/ugenh/urops-main/176-undergraduate/ugenh/322-urops-registration

Reading UROPS modules in fulfilment of Major Requirements

  1. For majors in Pharmacy, Statistics and Statistics (with specialisation in Data Science) and Statistics (with specialisation in Finance and Business Statistics), UROPS modules cannot be read in fulfilment of the major requirement.
  2. For all other majors, UROPS modules may be read in fulfilment of the respective major requirements but subject to conditions laid out in the table below:
Majors Fulfilling Major Requirements
Chemistry (CM) Only 4 MCs from Level-3000 CM UROPS modules may be read in fulfilment of the Chemistry major requirements.
Computational Biology Only 4 MCs from Level-3000 ZB UROPS modules may be read in fulfilment of the Computational Biology major requirements.
Food Science and Technology (FST) Only 4 MCs from Level-3000 FST UROPS modules may be read in fulfilment of the Food Science and Technology major requirements.
Life Sciences /
Life Sciences (with specialisations) (LSM)
Only 4 MCs from Level-3000 LSM UROPS modules may be read in fulfilment of the Life Sciences major requirement (within or outside area of specialisation/study).
Mathematics /
Applied Mathematics (M.A.)
Only 4 MCs from either Level-2000 or Level-3000 MA UROPS modules may be read in fulfilment of the Mathematics/Applied Mathematics major requirements.
Physics (PC) Only 4 MCs from Level-3000 PC UROPS modules may be read in fulfillment of the Physics major requirements.

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