Through rigorous academic coursework and projects, undergraduates receive an introduction to research that develops foundational skills to build on in graduate school, work and life.
Three in four undergraduates report having an opportunity to work with faculty on a research project (Senior Survey 2011).
The campus itself enhances this learning experience: the Emory College of Arts and Sciences and the university's seven graduate and professional schools all stand close together, sharing labs, libraries and other spaces, which fosters collaborative and cross-disciplinary intellectual growth.
Emory College of Arts and Sciences
Academic departments sponsor undergraduates for independent study, research, service-learning, and/or academic internships both in the U.S. and abroad.
Faculty challenge students in ways that develop a practical understanding of research principles such as:
- What defines a discipline of study
- What constitutes a good question
- What qualifies as original thought
- How to define a research topic and project timetables
- How to synthesize and communicate results
Seniors may apply to the Honors Program. Participants conduct original research, write a thesis and defend their work in front of a committee. Graduates are recognized with the distinctions of Honors (cum laude), High Honors (magna cum laude) and Highest Honors (summa cum laude).
Read undergraduate honors theses online: Electronic Theses and Dissertations
By partnering with faculty, developing scholars contribute to research discovery through the Scholarly Inquiry and Research at Emory (SIRE) program, which promotes undergraduate research through grants, faculty-student partnerships and summer stipends.
The Center for Science Education offers the Summer Undergraduate Research Program at Emory (SURE), allowing students to conduct supervised research with a faculty mentor.
Students selected for the Oxford Research Scholars Program work with faculty members on projects and have the chance to present their work during an annual symposium.
Through Oxford College's Summer Undergraduate Research at Emory program, students work with Oxford faculty during the summer on biological or biomedical projects.
Areas of Research
The Center for International Programs Abroad offers specialized scientific research opportunities, including the SIRE International Research Experience for Science Students (IRES).
The Emory Global Health Institute funds field scholarship programs for which undergraduates may be eligible to apply.
The Scholarly Inquiry and Research at Emory program grants provide funding for undergraduates to pursue both domestic and international research.