Life Sciences Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (LS UROP)

The Life Sciences Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (LS UROP) allows Interns to participate in theoretical and/or applied life science research with MU faculty mentors in the field or in a laboratory.

Students must make arrangements with a faculty mentor prior to submitting an application. Those planning to enter masters or doctorate level programs in the life sciences or considering a research career in the life sciences are strongly encouraged to apply.

Be sure to read the Information Packet in it’s entirety before filling out your application.


Applicants must be students who have completed two or more semesters at MU prior to the internship. Students graduating before May 2021 are ineligible for academic year funding, and those graduating before August 2020 are ineligible for any LS UROP funding. Freshmen must have worked with their mentor for three or more months before the application deadline. Students who have received prior LS UROP funding may apply again; however, will not be given priority. Students do not have to major in a life sciences discipline; however, the committee expects a strong interest in the life sciences shown through coursework and experiences.


Academic Year stipends will be processed through the MU Office of Financial Aid and calculated into the student’s overall scholarships. The stipend may impact the overall financial aid package. Students are encouraged to talk to their financial aid advisor before accepting the internship. If a student is an intercollegiate athlete, the stipend may impact athletic scholarships or eligibility. After Financial Aid processes the stipend, the payment will be placed in the student’s MU account. If there are any outstanding payments owed to the University (bookstore charges, housing, parking tickets, etc.), the Cashier’s Office will pay these bills with the stipend before a payment is issued.

Summer Interns: If a student is enrolled in a research credit hour, the stipend will be processed through Financial Aid as above. If a student is not enrolled in a research credit hour, the stipend will be processed through the Accounting Office and will be subject to taxes on 2020 tax forms.


Summer 2020 and the 2020-2021 Academic Year applications are due Monday, February 24, 2020, by 2:00 p.m.

Selection & Notification

On average, it takes four to six weeks to review applications and make final selections. As soon as decisions are made, we will contact students by MU e-mail. Regardless of status, all applicants and mentors will receive official notification. We expect to fund 5-7 students for summer and/or academic year. Some applicants may be funded for both.

LS UROP Workshops

Learn more about the program & get assistance with your application.

  • Monday, January 27, 2020, 4:00 p.m. (Room 107, Bond Life Sciences Center)
  • Thursday, February 6, 2020, 4:00 p.m. (Room 102, Bond Life Sciences Center)

To Apply: 

Step 1: Find a mentor and develop a project

Step 2: Complete application materials

Step 3: Request letters of recommendation


2020-2021 Info Packet                       2020-2021 Application Form                   Faculty Mentor Info & Form

Applications are due by 2 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 24th, 2020

Supplemental Materials

Any questions regarding your application or the application process can be directed to the the Office of Undergraduate Researchat or (573) 882-5979.