In 1987, the University of New Hampshire had the foresight to establish the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). From the outset, UROP was a university-wide program. In 1997, UROP received a three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education to create the International Research Opportunities Program (IROP), a first-in-the-nation program enabling students to pursue advanced, independent research at sites throughout the world. In 2004, Inquiry, UNH’s online journal of undergraduate research, was launched. In 2006, thanks to a generous gift from Mr. Dana Hamel and family, the Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research was dedicated to administer UROP, IROP and all future undergraduate research enhancement opportunities.
In 2010, the Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research joined the national Council for Undergraduate Research (CUR). That same year, founding director of the Hamel Center, Donna Brown, received the Presidential Award of Excellence. In 2012, the Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research celebrated its 25th anniversary.