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Summer Research Opportunity Progam (SROP)

The Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) is a gateway to graduate education at Big Ten Academic Alliance universities universities. The goal of the program is to increase the number of underrepresented students who pursue graduate study and research careers. SROP helps prepare undergraduates for graduate study through intensive research experiences with faculty mentors and enrichment activities.

Each year SROP applications are accepted between November 1 and February 10. The Big Ten Academic Alliance universities SROP application allows you to apply to up to 10 widely-recognized summer research programs at participating Big Ten Academic Alliance universities institutions using a single application. One of the benefits of using the Big Ten Academic Alliance universities SROP application is that you only need to send one transcript to a central location (the Big Ten Academic Alliance universities) and your faculty recommenders will only be required to submit one online letter of recommendation (TWO LETTERS required in total). Upon completion, your application will be viewable by faculty from ten top research universities.

The program seeks to increase graduate school access for students from groups underrepresented in graduate education, including minority students, first-generation college students and students from low-income families, regardless of race or ethnicity.

Students wishing to participate in SROP must meet all of the following criteria:
Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (4.0 scale)
Be a citizen or a permanent resident of the U.S.
Be enrolled in a degree-granting program at a college or university in the United States, Puerto Rico, or other U.S. territory
Have completed at least two semesters of undergraduate education by the time of the summer experience
Have at least one semester of undergraduate education remaining after completing the summer research experience
Have a strong interest in pursuing a Ph.D.

Stipend, housing, and travel allowance provided.


November through February

Application Procedure:
Student applies directly

Eligible to Apply:

Undergraduate: Sophomore or Junior

Graduate: None

Award Type:

Award Period:
Summer (Undergraduate)

Disciplines / Areas of Study or Interest:
Open to all fields

Additional Qualifications:
US citizen or permanent resident

Last Updated:
July 12, 2018

Last Updated: 9/12/17