What is URIS?
Undergraduate Research and Innovation Scheme (URIS) is a prestigious programme aimed to strengthen academic curiosity and enquiry-based learning among undergraduate students. It is our University's objective to nurture the next generation researchers and innovators. Under URIS, undergraduate students will be given the opportunities to undertake research projects under the guidance and supervision of academic staff who are strong in research. Students enrolled in URIS will be automatically admitted to the virtual College of Undergraduate Researchers and Innovators (CURI), which organizes and manages the programme and activities under URIS. With effect from 1 December 2021, both URIS and CURI are under the administration of Graduate School (GS).
Why undergraduate research?
There are several reasons why undergraduate students should gain research experience. First, research work can ignite academic curiosity which is the basic characteristic of an intellectual. Second, research engagement can sharpen high-order thinking skills such as logical thinking, creative thinking, and critical thinking. Third, through research work, students are transformed from merely "consumers" of knowledge to "creators" of knowledge. Fourth, although research work is challenging, it is interesting and fun. Finally, with the growing emphasis on research and innovation in Hong Kong and elsewhere, research experience can enable students to explore more career opportunities after graduation.
Individual or Group Project?
Applications for admission to URIS can be
- by individual student; or
- by a well composed team normally of no more than 5 students (larger teams may be exceptionally allowed with sound justifications).
How to find a supervisor?
Students may contact any academic staff at the level of Assistant Professor/ Research Assistant Professor or above. The research interests of staff are available under the "People" tab of the department's website. Students may also
- find the list of academic staff who have expressed interests in supervising students at Supervisor List; and
- search for researchers' profiles at the Open Platform for University Scholars at https://research.polyu.edu.hk/en/.
Project Duration and Timeline
A project will be commenced on 1 September of the application year and completed by 31 August of the following year. Requests for project extension would not be accepted unless strong justifications are provided. Application of project extension beyond one year would be considered only for students who obtained excellent performance at the mid-term assessment and demonstrated the project having potential for further development.
A URIS scholarship of HK$10,000 and HK$7,000 will be awarded to each student participating in an individual project and participating in a group project, respectively. The scholarship will be issued to students in two instalments, upon a satisfactory rating of the mid-term and completion reports as assessed by D/SRC.
Project Selection Criteria
- quality of the research proposal; and
- co-curricular achievements.
- Reside in CURI Residential College (CURI RC) unless an exemption applies;
- Participate in at least 70% of the activities organised by CURI and CURI RC respectively during the project period (evidenced by the records maintained by CURI);
- Attend a mini conference organised by CURI;
- Submit a mid-term report by 15 April and obtain a “satisfactory” rating; and
- Submit a completion report by 30 September and obtain a “satisfactory” rating.