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Undergraduate Research

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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.

  • More than half of all undergraduates report having an opportunity to work with faculty on a research project (Spring 2018 Emory College Senior Exit Survey).

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.

Undergraduate Research

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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


Emory College provides a multiple opportunities for students to engage in research from working closely with a faculty member and taking a research based class to pursuing independent research through grants and summer stipends.


Summer research programs allow an undergraduate student to conduct supervised research with a faculty mentor. Students receive training in the research methods applicable to their research plan, analyze their data and create written and oral presentations of their results. 

Oxford College

Research Scholars

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

International Research

Global Opportunities


Global Health

The Emory Global Health Institute funds field scholarship programs for which undergraduates may be eligible to apply.

independent research grants

Independent Research Grants support independent research and scholarly projects by undergraduate students in any field of the Arts and Sciences, including domestic and international research.

Emory Libraries

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Library Research Guide

The Emory library system has a simple guide to help students learn more about the library and the research process.

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