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Undergraduate Research Program Information

Undergraduate Research Opportunities and Collaborations (UROC) promotes and facilitates experiential learning of undergraduate students through participation in research and creative activities with faculty and research mentors in every academic area. 

The programs are flexible and provides scholarly opportunities for students in all majors and across all academic levels. Opportunities include on campus research with a faculty or staff member, partnerships with off-campus mentors in the community, or international seminars, exchanges and field-based experiences during the academic year and beyond. 

The projects can extend throughout a student’s undergraduate career leading to graduate school or future employment. The opportunities vary from laboratory research in a large group to scholarly activity with a mentor to working at an off-campus organization. Students may assist with faculty research outside of the Immersive Scholars program, Emerging Scholars, or BEST.

What is an Immersive Scholar?

Immersive Scholars, formerly known as Co-op Scholars, are selected freshman applicants who are awarded merit scholarships through the early action admission process. Students cannot apply for the Immersive Scholar Award directly. Accepted incoming freshmen receive a letter notifying them that they have received this award for $4,000.

The program allows students from six colleges to work on research on campus or out in the community. Students have three program options to choose from:

  • Research experience on campus with a faculty or staff member
  • Community off-campus experience with an advisor
  • International experience approved through the UMass Lowell Office of Study Abroad and International Experiences

Immersive Scholars must maintain full-time status and meet the cumulative GPA requirement noted in their merit scholarship offer letter to remain eligible for the opportunity.

What is the Emerging Scholars Program?

The Emerging Scholars Program, administered by the Center for Women and Work, matches qualified rising Juniors and Seniors in the College of Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences with an experienced faculty partner to participate in cutting edge research.

Emerging Scholars will provide students with a unique year-long opportunity to apply the theoretical knowledge gained from courses at UMass Lowell to a faculty member’s on-going research while enhancing knowledge of research methods, technical skills, and research presentation. Working collaboratively with a faculty partner will allow students to gain a unique learning experience unlike any they will receive in a classroom as well as to work one-on-one with a faculty mentor.

The Emerging Scholars Program presents an invaluable opportunity for meaningful student engagement in research activities. Not only will participation enhance students’ credentials but it will be especially valuable for those students who wish to pursue graduate-level education. Students who apply to this exciting program will develop research skills that will help them in academia and beyond.

Selected students will work on the research project for a total of 125 hours per semester and will receive a $2,500 stipend for the year.

What is BEST?

The Business and Entrepreneur Scholars in Training (BEST) program, administered by the Manning School of Business, is an exciting possibility for business students to get research experience and foster valuable professional relationships with faculty members. 

Participating in the Manning BEST program provides students with a unique semester-long opportunity to apply the theoretical knowledge gained from courses at UMass Lowell to a faculty member's on-going research while enhancing knowledge of research methods, technical skills, and research presentation. Working collaboratively with a faculty partner will allow students to gain a learning experience unlike any they will receive in a classroom as well as to work one-on-one with a faculty mentor.

Selected students will be awarded a $2,500 stipend to support their work.