Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program


This course provides the students with a first contact with the practice of scientific research. Its main goal is to give the students a chance to apply the knowledge they acquired throughout their studies to solving concrete research problems, and this way learn by doing.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

José Augusto Legatheaux Martins, Pedro Abílio Duarte de Medeiros


Weekly - 4

Total - Available soon

Teaching language



Students must have a previous average grade of at least 14.5 grades.


According to the research problem proposal.

Teaching method

The solution of concrete research problems under the guidance of the proposal''''s supervisor will enable students to get some exposure to research topics and learn the basics of research methods.

The concrete research problem to be addressed will be defined by the supervisor''''s proposal.

Evaluation method

General rules

The advisor(s) of the student, two advisors of other projects, as well the coordinator of the course, will evaluate the work carried out and the report written by the student, according to the following criteria, with equal weight:

1. Quality of the work and level of scientific contribution.

2. Maturity and independence in solving research problems.

3. Prior knowledge and ability to apply them to their research.

4. Whether the proposal''''s initial (or adjusted) goals were met.

5. Quality of the report: writing quality and ability to capture the essence of the work and describe it at the right abstraction level.

Detailed grading comprises two phases: an intermediate checkpoint and the final evaluation.

1) Intermediate checkpoint

This intermediate evaluation is based on the evaluation of an intermediate report.

The result of the intermediate checkpoint evaluation may be:either the student immediately fails the course, or the student can proceed with the project.

Structure of the intermediate report:

  • Presentation of the research problem
  • Presentation of the state of the art
  • Tools and methods to deal with the problem
  • Work plan and scheduling

This report shlould have at most 5 pages in INForum symposium paper format.

Evaluation committee of the intermediate report:each report will be evaluated by the advisor(s) (which can only cast one vote) and two advisors of other different projects.


2) Final evaluation

The final evaluation is based on:a report, a presentation and a poster. Only the report is mandatory.

Evaluation committee of the final evaluation:is formed by the advisor(s) (which can only cast one vote), two advisors of other different projects and the course coordinator.

Possible results:a grade from o to 20.

Final evaluation phases:report, public presentation and poster evaluations.

Report:may have from 8 to at most 16 pages in INForum symposium paper format. The committee should ignore any extra pages. Student can attach other publications , e.g. a detailed list of experiments results, in other documents. Any extra pages in the main report penalize the student grading. 

Final report evaluation: the final report is evaluated by the committee using the criteria presented in the "overview" tab. If the result of this evaluation is in the range 0 to 17, this will be the final grade of the project.

Late delivery of the report:  -0.5 grades per day of late delivery

Presentation and poster evaluations:are reserved for students candidate to grades 18 to 20.

Presentations and their discussion should be closed in 30 minutes each: 15 minutes for the students presentation nad the rest for the discussion.

Subject matter

According to the research problem proposal.


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