Undergraduate Research

Menzies Institute for Medical Research UROP

The Menzies Institute for Medical Research Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) is a scheme designed to give undergraduate students at the University of Tasmania an early opportunity to gain some experience and insight into careers in biomedical research.

How does UROP work?

Students undertake a project that is part of a research program at the Menzies Institute for Medical Research. They are supervised by a research scientist in a mentoring role, and usually work alongside other research staff and students in the team. The project may be experimental and based in a laboratory, it may involve an epidemiological investigation into the causes of disease, or the evaluation of a population health intervention, or it may be statistical in nature.

How long does a UROP take?

Students are expected to participate at the Institute for a total of six weeks full-time equivalent. It is the responsibility of the supervisor and the student to negotiate when the project will be undertaken. It is desirable that students commence their project during the summer vacation period, so they can become familiar with the project and integrate into the research team before the academic year commences. Students must complete their project by the end of semester 1.


The scheme is open to undergraduate students currently studying at the University of Tasmania. Students ideally should be located in Hobart. Students can join the program at any time after the first full year of undergraduate study and prior to the completion of their undergraduate course. The scheme appeals particularly to those studying the biomedical and health sciences, genetics, molecular biology, bioinformatics and statistics, but students from other disciplines are encouraged to apply. Those from non-scientific courses will need to demonstrate a particular interest in biomedical research. 

Scholarship Details

  1. All applicants that meet eligibility will receive a Scholarship (if the subject is additional to applicant’s degree) that covers all course fees.
  2. An additional Scholarship of $2,000 will be available for the top five applicants as determined by the Assessment Panel. Recipients will receive a payment of $1,000 at the commencement of the project. A second payment of $1,000 will be made following the completion of the placement and on receipt of the students' final project report to their supervisor and the UROP coordinator.

Application Process

Students need to submit the following as part of their application:

1.  A letter expressing their interest in participating in the UROP. Within the letter, the applicant must address the following:

  • State your motivation for participating in the UROP
  • Whether you intend to pursue a career in research either in full or in part
  • Identify a project that you would like to be involved in (click here for potential research projects and supervisor contact details (PDF 152 kb)). Please show evidence in your application that you have spoken to a researcher who has agreed to supervise you and has a project available. Information about research undertaken at Menzies can be found at Diseases and Health issues and it is possible to approach researchers not listed on the table.

The letter must be no longer than two A4 pages in Times New Roman font size 12, left justified text with minimum 2cm margins. Letters longer than two pages will not be considered.

2.  A curriculum vitae containing:

  • The name of the undergraduate course currently enrolled in
  • The name and contact details, including daytime telephone number and email address, of one academic referee. Note: applicants must obtain permission from the referee to use his or her name. The referee may be contacted if the applicant secures an interview for the scholarship
  • Applicant's contact details, including daytime telephone number and email address
  • Education and employment history
  • Any other relevant information including scholarships and awards, community service and volunteer work
  • A copy of their most recent academic transcript

Applications to be sent as a single PDF file via email to Dr Michele Callisaya by 5pm on October 31. Late applications will not be accepted. The following file naming convention should be used: UROP_Applicant Surname_2017.pdf

How are students selected for a UROP scholarship?

The selection process involves the following steps:

  • Eligibility check by the UROP coordinator
  • An Assessment Panel including the UROP coordinator and at least two other researchers at the Menzies Research Institute Tasmania will make an assessment of all eligible applications in their entirety, scores will be collated, with the most outstanding applicants short listed and where necessary, invited for an interview.
  • After the assessment and/or interview, all applicants will be notified of the outcome by phone or email (end of November).

What conditions apply to UROP projects?

Students will receive full safety training upon induction into the Institute. In the time that they are present in the Institute, they are covered by all regulations and conditions governing the organisation, including occupational health and safety, good scientific practice, ethics, privacy, intellectual property, and confidentiality. 

What are the students' responsibilities?

Students are required to:

  • Work in a manner that complies with codes of good scientific practice, animal and human ethics regulations and occupational health and safety procedures
  • Sign the Menzies Research Institute Tasmania Privacy Policy
  • Work in a cooperative manner with other members of the research team, sharing results and meeting regularly with their supervisor
  • Keep to the hours of work agreed to between the student and supervisor and give reasonable notice if they need to suspend work on their project in order to concentrate on their studies.

Closing Date

31st October 2018

For Further Information

Contact Dr Michele Callisaya, UROP Coordinator, Menzies Institute for Medical Research.