Informationen for Project Supervisors at RWTH


What is UROP?

UROP promotes Bachelor's students, who are motivated to independently complete a research project and gather practical experience in addition to their research studies.

Students gain a glance at research practices in their subject and neighboring fields, establish interesting contact with RWTH Aachen scientists, and actively bring research at RWTH forward.

The Target Group

Highly motivated, involved, and interested students at RWTH and North American universities.

  • UROP International: American and Canadian students from different, renowned universities come for a ten-week research summer school at RWTH Aachen.
  • RWTH UROP: RWTH students complete research projects at institutes and chairs of RWTH Aachen.
  • UROP Network: Students from selected partner universities lead this network.

When does UROP take place?

  • UROP International: once a year in the summer for ten weeks; calendar weeks 21 to 30.
  • RWTH UROP and UROP Network: not restricted to a specific time frame or deadlines, meaning projects can be completed both during the semester and during lecture-free periods and last between one and six months. Project mentors and students can individually and flexibly arrange the project's time frame.

Who can become a mentor?

Professors, researchers, postdocs, and doctoral candidates from all subject areas at RWTH Aachen and Forschungszentrum Jülich. During the project you serve as the student's main contact person regarding all technical questions. The UROP coordinator manages all other organizational matters.

How can you get involved?

  • You can easily and quickly enter your research project into our project database with the help of our online form under Anlegen eines Projekts für Projektbetreuer, and we will then activate it in our database, typically within 24 hours, so that students can apply.
  • Put your project online; it is best if you clarify what you are looking for in an applicant, such as language skills or certain technical skills.
  • Choose which program component – and thus target group - your project should be offered for - RWTH UROP, UROP International and/or UROP Network. You can also have RWTH students work with international students together on a project.
  • Qualified students can apply to your project through the UROP coordinator at the International Office. Applications are reviewed to make sure they are complete and fulfill the requirements before they are forwarded to you. If you have questions, I am happy to answer any questions. For UROP International this generally takes place the fourth week of February.
  • After reviewing the technical qualifications you decide whether you would like to accept an applicant for your project.
  • If there are multiple applicants for your project, you select the candidate who would best fit in with your team and meet your demands. You are welcome to accept more than one student for your project.
  • To successfully complete the program, students must submit a five- to seven-page final report and present their project results at the UROP Colloquium. Alternatively, students can also give a presentation at the respective institute or chair instead of at the colloquium.

Why should you get involved?

  • Give outstanding students the chance to get a glance at your research field.
  • Gain highly motivated students to complete/support your own projects and as potential Master's students.
  • Get a new perspective and proactively support junior researchers.
  • Contribute to the reinforcement of relationship with North American universities and enrich your team and RWTH with international components.