Researchers working in the lab
The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) is designed to give undergraduate students an opportunity to experience a research laboratory and gain insight into careers in biomedical research.

How does UROP work?

Students undertake a project which is part of the program of a biomedical research laboratory. Students are supervised and mentored by a research scientist, and work alongside other staff and students in the laboratory team.

While the program 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.

Why participate in UROP?

There are many benefits to participating in UROP:

  • Be part of a research team in an internationally competitive laboratory.

  • Develop expertise in laboratory techniques and experimental design.

  • Contribute to scientific publications, patents and presentations.

  • Create future job and post-graduate opportunities through networking.

How much time does participation require?

In general, UROP students are expected to spend eight hours per week on their project. Times are arranged between supervisors and students to fit in with commitments.

During holiday periods, students would usually work in the laboratory full-time for a total of at least six weeks (four weeks during the summer and two weeks during the winter break). It is desirable that students commence their project during the vacation periods, to integrate into the laboratory before semester recommences.

Who can apply?

The program is open to any undergraduate in any Victorian tertiary institution. Students can join from the second year onwards of their undergraduate course (or third year onwards in the case of double degrees). Students currently in the first year of their course (or first two years in the case of double degrees) or in their final semester are not eligible to apply.

The program appeals particularly to science, biomedical science and combined-science degree students, including those studying the biomedical sciences, genetics, molecular biology, bioinformatics, mathematics and statistics. Students from non-scientific courses are welcome to apply but will need to demonstrate their particular interest in biomedical research.

How to apply and further information

For more information about UROP, including how to apply, visit the Biomedical Research Victoria website.


The institute offers two scholarships to cover laboratory costs for part-time undergraduate research positions.


Dr James Vince
UROP representative
Phone +61 3 9345 2524
Email vince@wehi.edu.au