UROP Proceedings 2021-22

Message from the President Since its launch in 2005, the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) has garnered a strong reputation within the community of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). As one of HKUST’s signature programs, UROP has been successfully engaging our undergraduate students in research, providing early hands-on research experience alongside world-class researchers. This volume of proceedings showcases the program’s accomplishments this past academic year and covers a wide range of UROP projects conducted by our undergraduate students under the guidance of their faculty supervisors. Read through these proceedings, and you will better understand UROP and learn about the numerous research ideas developed by our young students. During the 2021/22 academic year, 143 faculty members served as project supervisors for more than 570 projects for the 602 students who participated in UROP. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to those faculty supervisors for generously taking on responsibilities beyond their regular teaching activities. By doing so, they are helping to build a vibrant research culture at HKUST in which our undergraduates can explore their research interests and thrive. I am proud that one-third of our UROP students have continued their research journey by pursuing graduate studies. Building upon the foundation of excellence we have created in the 30 years since HKUST was established, the University will continue providing diverse and stimulating learning experiences to foster young, future researchers for the betterment of society and the world. As such, I am pleased that UROP will be further developed by being included in the University’s Common Core Framework in 2024. I also hope for your continued support and participation in the pilot of the new UROP course to be launched in the coming semesters. Please look out for the of ce’s announcement. Sincerely, Professor Nancy IP President HKUST i