Getting Started in Research

Emory is a unique institution with both a liberal arts college and a research university. This intersection provides rich opportunities for undergraduate students to engage in research from classroom investigation, independent exploration to working closely with faculty on cutting-edge projects. Undergraduate Research Programs (URP) promotes undergraduate research in all disciplines through grants, faculty-student research partnerships, college wide symposia, and summer programs.

What are the benefits of doing research?

  • Contribute new knowledge to a field of interest.
  • Develop strong relationships with faculty.
  • Sharpen critical and analytical skills.
  • Understand classroom concepts better through hands-on research.
  • Expand your career options and develop clearer goals.

How do I get started?

Many undergraduates express an interest in getting involved in research, but don’t know where to begin.


  • Begin with your passions!
  • What are you interested in learning more about?
  • What excites your curiosity?


  • Attend lectures and talks on campus. How do scholars pursue questions in your field? See what research looks like in different fields.
  • Take classes that interests you.
  • Attend a research symposium and talk with other undergraduates about their research.
  • Read an undergraduate research journal.


  • Talk with faculty about their research.
  • A research project can grow out of a class project or assignment.
  • Talk with a research librarian. Start reading journals in your field.
  • Present your work at a research symposium.
  • Publish your findings in a research journal.

There is no reason to stress if you haven’t started research. Remember college is a journey.

Learn More

Want to learn more about developing your passion, research opportunities at Emory, and how research can shape your career and future plans? Check out our videos.

Learn about applying your knowledge from class, developing your passion, and building your academic narrative.

Learn more about opportunities available to you and when to apply to research programs and internships.

Discover how to connect with faculty, learn new skills, and identify what research looks like in your discipline.

Understand when to begin research and consider different types of research opportunities.