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Undergraduate Research and Innovation Scheme (URIS)

What is URIS?

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 of researchers and innovators.  Under URIS, undergraduate students will be given the opportunities to undertake small-scale research projects under the guidance and supervision of academic staff who are strong in research. Students enrolled on URIS will be automatically admitted to the virtual College of Undergraduate Researchers and Innovators (CURI) and they will have priority admission to the new Residential College with an enhanced guidance system to help promote holistic student development.

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.

Application

The following students are eligible to apply:

  • Full-time undergraduate students admitted to 4-year curriculum (including students with advanced standing) who have completed at least two semesters of studies by the end of 2020/21 Semester 2; OR
  • Senior Year Intakes who have completed one semester of studies in 2020/21 Semester 2; AND
  • Attained a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 (up to 2020/21 Semester 2).

Please note that each eligible student is allowed to participate in one project only. Applicants should submit all supervisor-approved application materials to the General Office of the Department of the proposed supervisor on or before 30 April 2021*. Further enquiries regarding the application process can be directed at uris.info@polyu.edu.hk

Application Form  
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Research Proposal Form  
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*The deadline for submission of applications has been extended to 31 May 2021 and the applications submitted after 30 April 2021 will be treated as special cases. Students who need more time to work on their application should proceed as follows:
  • Submit their intention to apply to URIS at uris.info@polyu.edu.hk by 30 April 2021. Students should provide the name and student number of each of the group members and the department of the proposed Chief Supervisor; AND
  • Submit the completed and endorsed application documents to the General Office of the proposed Chief Supervisor’s department by 31 May 2021.

Recognition

  • Annual showcase of research projects
  • Excellent Project Awards will be awarded to students/teams who have completed their projects with excellent outcomes
  • "CURI Scholar" status may be recorded on transcript

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URIS details

Project Details

Schedule for 2021/22

Supervisor List

  • individual or group project?
  • how to find a supervisor
  • documentation requirement
  • funding
  • project duration
  • selection criteria
  • completion requirements
Don't miss the deadline on 30 April 2021*.
*The deadline has been extended to 31 May 2021 and applications received after 30 April 2021 will be treated as special cases.

Q & A for students

Q & A for staff