This list of FAQs (frequently asked questions) compiles common questions and answers about UROP (Computing). Please email the current UROP co-ordinator if you spot any errors or if you have suggestions or other queries that are not answered here.

  1. Is UROP for me?
  2. What is the aim of UROP?
  3. Is UROP a project or two courses?
  4. What are the pre-requisites of UROP?
  5. When is the best time to do UROP?
  6. I am in year 1 (semester 1 or 2) and I am really interested in UROP. Can I take UROP early?
  7. Workload: If I take up UROP, will I end up with a heavier workload?
  8. I want to do something during my vacation, should I take up UROP?
  9. I am eligible and very interested in UROP. What should I do?
  10. Project assignment: How do I find my UROP project?
  11. Self-proposed project: May I propose my own project?
  12. Vacation: (For international students) May I go home to visit my family during the vacation while I am doing UROP?
  13. Hostel: Can I use UROP as a reason in my application to stay in the hostel over the vacation?
  14. IA: Can I do both UROP and IA (industrial attachment) at the same time?
  15. CP4101: Can I do both UROP and CP4101 at the same time?
  16. CP4101: May I do a UROP instead of CP4101 in my final year?
  17. USP: Does UROP count as an ISM?
  18. USP: Can I take something else instead of UROP for my ISMs?
  19. I do not meet the CAP requirements for UROP but would like to do a research project. What can I do?
  20. After UROP: Can I convert my UROP report into a publication?

 


Is UROP for me?

Nobody can answer this question for you. You will have to decide that. We hope that this FAQ will help, but also try to talk with seniors who are taking UROP now.


What is the aim of UROP?

UROP aims to give students the rare opportunity to do Independent Research Work under the supervision of a professor.


Is UROP a project or two courses?

It is both! UROP = one project over two semesters = CP3208 + CP3209 .

In the standard one-year course, UROP is a project that spans two semesters. A student doing UROP will work on one project but will be registered for CP3208 in the first semester, and then CP3209 in the second semester.

Note, however, there is also a one semester variant that serves to help students bridge into an year-long FYP, for the case where a year-long UROP does not work for interested students. We recommend students to opt for the year-long version of UROP unless other circumstances prevent it, as it is difficult to experience the liftcycle of research in one semester.


What are the pre-requisites of UROP?

UROP is meant for stronger, talented students in SoC -- those who have a strong interest in research work and can cope with the extra workload demand that UROP entails.

There are, of course, pre-requisite for CP3208 and minimum CAP requirement. Please check the "Eligibility" section in the Details portion of this website.


When is the best time to do UROP?

The ideal time to do UROP is not earlier than the 4th semester. You must also make sure that you have enough remaining semesters to do your CS3214 (for IS/EC students) and CP4101 Final Year Project after you have completed your UROP.


I am in year 1 (semester 1 or 2) and I am really interested in UROP. Can I take UROP early?

It is good that you are interested in research work. However, for UROP to be effective, you should first have enough "doman knowledge" and have taken sufficient basic modules -- preferably the essential 2000-level modules.

Therefore, we advise students to take UROP starting from 4th semester onwards, and complete it before CP4101 Final Year Project (FYP).

If you are keen on research, you can approach the professors to assign you some readings on the topics to get started early on the project. These readings will come in handy when you officially embark on your UROP project later.

Finally, if you really believe that you handle it (even if you do not meet the pre-requisites for CP3208 , but you have other relevant experience or knowledge), you can write to the UROP coordinator formally to be considered for UROP early. This will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


Workload: If I take up UROP, will I end up with a heavier workload?

Generally speaking, Yes!

Although UROP accounts for 4MCs in each of the two semesters, the actual amount of work it takes per semester is expected to be more than a typical 4MC module.

Research work is very hard work, involving lots of reading and independent learning, even before you start to do any programming.

Hence, UROP is meant for the better students who have a keen interest in research work and can cope with the extra workload demand that UROP entails.


I want to do something during my vacation, should I take up UROP?

Not Really. UROP is not a vacation study programme.

UROP aims to give students an opportunity to do INDEPENDENT RESEARCH WORK. This means that it is the students who are doing most of the work, while the supervisor just provides some guidance.

Students should consider UROP only if they are keen in research work.


I am eligible and very interested in UROP. What should I do?

It is really easy. Things you can do any time -- check the UROP website for pre-requisites, schedules, FAQs , and other information, talk to current UROP students, find out about UROP projects, talk to professors, etc.

The rest is simple:

  1. Check if you have satisfied the pre-requisites for UROP.
  2. Apply for UROP (you may get the application form from the Office of Undergraduate Studies at COM1 #02-19 or download it from the Forms portion of this website. You will be informed of the outcome of your application by email.
  3. Find a suitable project. See the point below.
  4. One you have found a project, fill up the Project Assignment Form and get it signed by your supervisor and yourself, and return the form to the Office of Undergraduate Studies. We will then update the ProjAdm site and assign the project to you. You may check the ProjAdm site.
  5. Start work on the project.

Project assignment: How do I find my UROP project?

To find your UROP project, we use a two-way approach in which both the student and the supervisor must agree on the student-project matching. Follow the following steps:

  • First, consult the UROP Project List on the ProjAdm site.
  • It's a good idea also to look through projects on the FYP section of the site. The project listing there will also give you hints about the themes of research that professors work on, and help you propose similar projects when the UROP project listings do not suffice.
  • Approach the professors (visit their office, or email/phone them) to discuss their projects. Discussion can cover details of the project, as well as expectation of the professors, your own background, rough project schedule and so on. (Do these for as many projects as you like.)
  • Even for professors who did not propose any UROP project, you may still contact them on your own. Some professors like students to take their initiatives, as it shows that the students are self-motivated, an important quality for anyone doing research.
  • Make your choice, and seek the approval of the supervisor. (Else, try other choices.)
  • If the project has not be put up on the ProjAdm site, your supervisor has to add it in. Only then the project is registered and a project code given to it. Then you can submit the Project Assignment Form.

Self-proposed project: May I propose my own project?

Sure, you may. If you cannot find a suitable project, and have some project idea in mind, find out which professors work in the related area, and consult them. Fill out the Proposal form from the Forms website. You should provide all relevant information about the project to your potential supervisors. If the professor is willing to take up that project, please request him or her to add the project into the ProjAdm Site.


Vacation: (For international students) May I go home to visit my family during the vacation while I am doing UROP?

Vacation Rule for UROP students:

As UROP students are expected to spend full time on research during the vacations, they are supposed to remain physically here in NUS doing their projects during the vacations.

When choosing your projects, if you plan to travel, it is important to let your supervisor know your travel plan so that they aware of it. Your supervisor must agree to your travel schedule.

Application for leave to go home should be made using the UROP Leave Form (available from the Office of Undergraduate Studies or from the UROP Forms website).

These requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis and in consultation with both your supervisor and the UROP Coordinator. In all cases, the total amount of leave taken should not exceed 4 weeks.


Hostel: Can I use UROP as a reason in my application to stay in the hostel over the vacation?

No, although some international students would like to use UROP to increase their chance in their hostel application. The standard criteria laid down by the university apply for hostel application.


Internships and IA: Can I do both UROP and Internship or IA (industrial attachment) at the same time?

At any given time (including during vacations), a student cannot work externally and work towards UROP simultaneosly.

UROP involves full time research during the vacations, and internships and IA also involves full-time work during the vacations. Therefore, although we do not explicitly exclude students from doing internships or IA, it is generally not possible to do both at the same time. Students who want to do both internship/IA and UROP may have to spend an extra semester.


CP4101 : Can I do both UROP and CP4101 - Final Year Project (FYP) at the same time?

A student cannot do UROP and CP4101 - Final Year Project (FYP) simultaneously. Students looking to try research before taking up FYP should consider doing a 1-semester UROP instead, if there is not sufficient time to consider a year-long UROP.


CP4101: May I do a UROP instead of CP4101 in my final year?

It is highly encouraged to do CP4101 (Final Year Project) instead of doing a UROP in your final year. A final year thesis constitutes a major, recognizable capstone in an undergraduate education. However, those students who are fulfilling their CP4101 requirements through other means may opt to enrol for UROP to benefit from the opportunity to experience research. Other students without sufficient reasons will be rejected and asked to apply for CP4101 instead.


USP: Does UROP count as an ISM?

SoC students in USP (University Scholars Programme) may do UROP as an independent study module to fulfil their Inquiry module requirements. A full year UROP counts towards two ISMs, while a one semester UROP counts towards one ISM.


USP: Can I take something else instead of UROP for my ISMs ?

SoC students in USP (University Scholars Programme) may do UROP as an independent study module to fulfil their Inquiry module requirements. However, they may also take other level 3 or 4 independent study modules in SoC to fulfil this requirement. Please refer to the section for current USP students on USP page within our SoC website.


I do not meet the CAP requirements for UROP but would like to do a research project. What can I do?

You can do a FYP if you are in Year 4. If you want to try a research project earlier, you can talk to faculty members who proposed UROP projects about the possibility of letting you do them as CP3108 Independent Work or CP3106 Independent Project.


After UROP: Can I convert my UROP report into a publication?

For some students, having a publication is a good means of demonstrating your commitment to research and is an integral part of a Curriculum Vitea for an application for graduate studies. Check with your supervisor whether s/he feels that your work is significant enough for a publication. In certain cases, your supervisor will allow you to convert your final report into a technical report while waiting on an appropriate publication deadline. If both parties agree to this solution, approach the SoC technical report coordinator (currently as of Dec 2015, Prof. Ling Tok Wang) for details.