Research Opportunities

Students can gain research experience in a variety of ways on- and off-campus. Many students approach professors and get involved in research projects that are of interest. Others prefer a structured research program. Here are a few resources to get you started.

Emory Student Research Programs

Emory Student Research Programs has information regarding the SURE (Summer Undergraduate Research Experience), SIRE (Scholarly Inquiry and Research at Emory),and HUES (Hughes Undergraduates Excelling in Science) programs. It also has a research mentor database.


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REU Sites

The National Science Foundation funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program. An REU Site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel. Undergraduate students supported with NSF funds must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. An REU Site may be at either a US or foreign location.

Honors Program

Although all students with a cumulative average of 3.50 at the end of their first three years are eligible for these Honors Programs, final selection of participants rests with the department concerned. Requirements vary slightly from department to department. They generally include enrollment in a graduate seminar or graduate course, completion of a research project or paper that is the equivalent of a BA or BS thesis, and additional supervised reading or enrollment in a special honors course.

Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research (SIP)

Summer programs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provide an opportunity to spend a summer working at the NIH side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research.