For UROP Faculty Recommenders
All UROP proposals require a faculty letter of recommendation (recommendations given over the phone will not be accepted). As student projects differ in the degree of supervision they require, we ask that all letters address the first four items listed below, and that projects lasting more than a month or involving higher risk (in terms of travel, activity, etc.) should address 5 and 6 as well. Each student applying for a grant needs a separate letter of recommendation, even if they are working together.
UROP does not fund travel to countries for which a US State Department Travel Warning (https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings.html) has been issued. Travel to countries under travel alerts will be considered:
- the learning objectives and intellectual merit of the student’s proposed activity
- the student's ability to carry out the proposed activity
- your familiarity with the student’s academic work (inside and outside the classroom)
- a confirmation of your willingness to serve as the student's mentor for their research project.
- an informal assessment of the legal, environmental, and/or personal health/safety risks related to the type of work/study the student will be undertaking
- a recommendation regarding the need for, or potential benefit from, an in-country supervisor and/or a personal risk management plan
Once the student has designated a faculty member as a recommender, that faculty member should receive an automatically generated email with instructions on uploading their letter to the Student Grant Network. Please note that for most UROP grants, the recommending faculty member must be a member of the College of Arts and Letters.
Recommendations need to be converted into pdfs before they can be uploaded. Faculty have, at times, experienced problems uploading their letters to the Common App if the student has used the wrong netID for their recommender. Should you have any problems with this process, you may email your recommendation to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Student proposals will not be reviewed until accompanied by a letter of recommendation.
Decisions concerning funding reflect how effectively the student has presented and defended their proposed project; UROP does not presume to make judgements on faculty research.