UROP Proceedings 2020-21

In the 2020-21 academic year, the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) has seen a substantial growth in participation compared to the previous year. Over 230 faculty supervisors from four Schools and from the Interdiscipl inary Programs Of ce offered around 600 projects for our undergraduates. We also received more than 1,000 applications throughout the academic year, with 645 students were successfully enrolled to the program. To enhance the continuous development of existing UROP projects, the UROP Support Grant Scheme continued providing nancial support for faculty supervisors and their students. Through the Scheme, students also experienced the process of applying for research grants by submitting a joint application with their supervisors. In 2020-21, 41 out of 46 received applications were awarded with an aggregate funding amount of over HK$700,000, after the review by the UROP Of ce and by the UROP Advisory Board. I n t he yea r 2021 , 25 s t uden t s wi t h outstanding research performance were nominated by their UROP supervisors for the Mr. Armin and Mrs. Lillian Kitchell Undergraduate Research Award. Among the nominees, 11 candidates were shortlisted and invited to give an oral presentation on their research ndings to the UROP Advisory Board. The Board recommended 1 Champion, 2 First Runner-Ups and 3 Second Runner-Ups. The faculty supervisors of those 6 student awardees were also recognized also recognized by the UROP Faculty Research Award. The award presentation ceremony was held via Zoom on 23 April 2021. UROP Overview 2020-21 The 2021 Mr. Armin and Mrs. Lillian Kitchell Undergraduate Research Award and the UROP Faculty Research Award iv