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Research Opportunity Program

What is ROP?

The Research Opportunity Program (ROP) at the University of New Mexico is a state funded program that was established to promote access to graduate education among underrepresented minority undergraduates. The goal of the ROP Program is to increase the level of diversity among students who enter Ph.D. programs to pursue careers in the university teaching and research by providing research opportunities to undergraduate students that have been undeserved.

What Program Benefits and Services do participants receive?

  • Summer Research Stipend of up to $2800
  • Paid Travel Opportunities to research conferences across the nation
  • Paid Travel Opportunities to visit university campuses across the country
  • Scholars participate in a summer research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor
  • Monthly Seminars that prepare students for research and application to graduate school
  • Scholars receive intensive advisement
  • Scholars receive Graduate Record Exam (GRE) prep courses
  • McNair/ROP Scholars participate in a research design course
  • Students learn about funding opportunities for graduate school
  • ROP Scholars are part of a community of scholars at UNM
  • ROP Participants emerge from the program prepared for the rigors of graduate school
  • Because of their intensive preparation, ROP Scholars are recruited by graduate schools nationwide
  • All the above, and much more!