CIC- Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP)

Nature of Research/Program Description: 

The Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) is a gateway to graduate education at Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) universities. A list of the univerisities involved is here. 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 28th 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.

You can begin exploring programs and research opportunities today to prepare for the application process. Follow the link above to "Campus Profiles" to learn more about participating programs.

Watch the "Applying to CIC SROP" video to get started!

Keywords: Summer Research Opportunities Program; SROP; graduate; research; Education; Engineering; Humanities; Life Sciences; Physical Sciences; Social Sciences; stipend; under-represented students;

Targeted Students: 
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. 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 eight- to 10-week session. Due to the intense research schedule, SROP participants are not allowed to work an additional job during the summer program.
Program Time Period: 
Application Deadline: 
Early February
Applied Physics
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Business Management Economics
Classical Studies
Cognitive Science
Computer Engineering
Computer Science
Computer Science: Computer Game Design
Earth Sciences
Ecology and Evolution
Education and Teaching
Electrical Engineering
Environmental Studies
Feminist Studies
Field and Exchange
German Studies
Global Economics
History of Art and Visual Culture
Human Biology
Italian Studies
Jewish Studies
Language Studies
Latin American and Latino Studies
Legal Studies
Marine Biology
Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology
Network and Digital Technology
Physics (Astrophysics)
Physics Education
Plant Sciences
Robotics Engineering
Technology and Information Management
Additional information: 
Not for students pursuing law, medical, and MBA degrees.