Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) at Big Ten Academic Alliance Universities

Summer research opportunities for underrepresented students at Big Ten Academic Alliance universities

The Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) is a gateway to graduate education at Big Ten Academic Alliance 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.

Now in its 32nd year, SROP celebrates the achievements of its alumni. To date, 610 program alumni have earned a Ph.D. degree and are now preparing the next generation of SROP scholars as mentors and teachers. Thousands of others have completed graduate training and are pursuing successful careers in government, business, and non-profit agencies.

Deadline Information

Application Deadline for all programs: Monday, February 10, 2020

Responsibilities

Selected participants will be expected to complete 40 hours of research each week.  Participants must be willing to devote full-time to the program during the 8- to 10-week session.  Due to the intense research schedule, SROP participants are not allowed to work an additional job during the summer program.

Eligibility Requirements

Please note:  The SROP program is not for students pursuing professional degrees such as law, medical, and MBA degrees.  Students who have completed an undergraduate degree are not eligible.

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.

Application Process

You can begin exploring programs and research opportunities today to prepare for the application process. Look through the campus profiles to learn more about participating programs.

Watch the "Applying to Big Ten Academic Alliance universities SROP" video to get started!

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 first step in completing the Big Ten Academic Alliance universities SROP application is to gain an overall understanding of the application process and guidelines. Please read the SROP Application Guide before initiating your application.

The online application portal can be found here.