Undergraduate Research Opportunities Conference (UROC)

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Are you curious about computer science research? Do you have a current project idea and want to pitch? 

This two-day, fully funded workshop is an opportunity for top undergraduate students from across Canada and North America to discover what graduate studies is like by working alongside faculty and current graduate students on mini research projects and other activities. 

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Event Details

Thursday, September 27 - Sunday, September 30, 2018

University of Waterloo 


  • Mini research projects
  • Industry and faculty panels
  • Graduate student panels
  • Research lab tours
  • Faculty presentations 
  • Student-faculty mixers and social activities

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Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Afternoon arrival and evening welcome reception

9:15am Arrival

9:30am Industry/faculty panel

11:30pm Lunch

1:00pm Mini research project

3:30pm Break

4:00pm Mini research project cont'd

7:00pm Dinner

9:15am Arrival

9:30am Graduate student panel

11:00am Lab tours

12:30pm Lunch

1:30pm Faculty and student presentations

3:00pm Break

3:30pm Faculty and student presentations

5:00pm Campus tour

6:00pm  Dinner

Morning departure 




  • Must be a current undergraduate student enrolled in a computer science, math, engineering or related program from a Canadian or American university
  • Must possess an interest in computer science research
  • Individual participation



  • Must be a current undergraduate student enrolled in a computer science, math, engineering or related program from a Canadian or American university
  • Must be a team of 1+ and currently working on a research project or idea that is related to computer science
  • Must have preliminary results from pilot studies, reference(s) to open source, and reference(s) to preprints of paper
  • Past UROC participants are welcome to apply




  • Resume
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Statement of interest (1-2 pages) including the below items:
    • Describe one topic in computer science that you are fascinate by and why.
    • Describe one thing in life, unrelated to computer science that you are passionate about and why.
    • If you had the power to turn anything into a computer, what would it be and why?



  • Resume (for each team member)
  • Unofficial transcripts (for each team member)
  • Two page project description
    • Template: title, abstract, project description, summary of contributions, summary of results
    • If the idea is part of a bigger project, include description of work done by the team member(s) applying to UROC
    • Include a third page of references; pre-prints, published papers, GitHub links, demo videos, or other supporting materials in the public domain


Thank you for your interest in UROC. UROC will not be held during the 2019-2020 school year. The Faculty of Mathematics will be hosting the Waterloo Mathematics Undergraduate Research Conference from September 27-29, 2019. We encourage you to visit the Waterloo Mathematics Undergraduate Research Conference webpage to learn more about how this exciting opportunity will propel you into the world of research. 

Any additional questions can also be answered by contacting Jessica Rosa-Vecchiarelli, Recruitment Coordinator.