Georgia Tech undergraduate students have many opportunities to participate in research with faculty across campus. Several program-specific opportunities for undergraduate research at Georgia Tech are provided below. Please click on a program name for a full description.
Undergraduates who are upperclassmen at Georgia Tech, Emory, Spelman, and Morehouse and who are studying in a science, mathematics, or engineering-related field are solicited to apply to the FACES Undergraduate Scholars Research Program. As a FACES scholar, the student performs research under the supervision of an academic faculty member. A nominal effort of ten hours per week is expected, for which the student will receive a stipend of $1,500 per semester. As part of the research experience, each participant is expected to complete a report summarizing the results of their research and prepare a final presentation in the spring semester. The program offers talented undergraduate students the opportunity to become involved in research in the hope that they will be motivated to pursue graduate education. While the program offers the students the obvious advantages of early exposure to research, it offers participating faculty the opportunity to mentor promising students and gain assistance with research. Applicants must be enrolled as a full-time students and must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
SURE is a ten-week summer research program designed to attract qualified minority students into graduate school in the fields of engineering and science. Approximately thirty students of at least junior-level undergraduate standing are recruited on a nationwide basis and paired with both a faculty and a graduate student mentor to undertake research projects in the College of Engineering, College of Sciences, and the Packaging Research Center. The students are housed on-campus, and in addition to a $600 travel allowance, are provided with a meal plan and a $5,000 stipend. Aside from their own research projects, the participants are provided with a series of seminars and field trips to expose them to the various topics of interest, both at Georgia Tech and in the Atlanta area. At the conclusion of the program, the students prepare both oral and written summaries of their research projects. The program has received highly favorable evaluations from the past participants. It is hoped that this unique experience will encourage these students to become applicants for graduate school in ensuing years.
The Georgia Tech Research Institute offers real-life research experience and training to undergraduate and graduate students. You can work on research projects or help in business development or administration throughout GTRI. This hands-on experience gives you a head start in solving problems.The Georgia Tech Research Institute has opportunities for research for pay in their Research Operations Labs. GTRI does applied contract research for the federal government and private industry in a variety of research areas. They employ over 200 Georgia Tech undergraduates (student assistants, interns, and co-ops) and graduate students from mostly Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, and Computer Science majors in six research labs that are on campus and in Cobb County. These are: Electronic Systems Lab; Electro-Optics, Environment & Materials Lab; Information Technology & Telecommunications Lab; the Signatures Technology Lab; Aerospace & Advanced Transportation Lab and the Sensors & Electromagnetic Applications Lab.
PRC is a research center at Georgia Tech which is focused on designing the next generation of packaging for micro-electronic circuitry (computer chips). They are seeking improvements in size, cost, performance, and reliability over current systems. They actively involve undergraduates at Georgia Tech who have chosen a focused major in electronics packaging in the engineering disciplines of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Materials Science and Engineering. The PRC supports undergraduates who have chosen to focus their engineering major in this area with research for pay (part-time) or research for credit opportunities in the fall and spring. Contact Leyla Conrad or see here for more information.
Behavioral Research Advancements in Neuroscience (BRAIN) is a multidisciplinary program of undergraduate research in the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience, a National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center. The center consists of eight metro Atlanta colleges and universities, including Georgia Tech. BRAIN, which is integrally tied to the scientific and education missions of CBN’s member institutions, focuses on increasing student interest in behavioral neuroscience. BRAIN students are matched with a research professor/project and take part in a paid full-time, 10-week research experience in the biomedical and behavioral sciences that includes expert mentoring from eminent research scientists at CBN member institutions and in-class instruction to enhance communication and quantitative skills. Activities include professional development sessions to improve oral and written skills, sheep brain dissections to become acquainted with neuroanatomical structures, and novel hands-on activities. For additional information, contact either Ericka L. Reid, Deputy Director of Education, at 404-727-0483, or Adah Douglas-Cheatham, BRAIN Coordinator, at 404-712-2448.
The Petit Undergraduate Research Scholars Program is a competitive scholarship program that serves to develop the next generation of leading bioengineering and bioscience researchers by providing a comprehensive research experience for a full year. Open to all Atlanta area university students, the program allows undergraduates (sophomores, juniors, and seniors) to conduct independent research in the state-of-the-art laboratories of the Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience. Petit Scholars develop their own research project within the term of January to December each year, working 12+ hours/week during the spring and fall semesters and full-time (40+ hours/week) in the summer semester. Students and faculty from the Petit Institute’s nine “research neighborhoods” participate in the areas of cancer biology, biomaterials, drug design, development and delivery, molecular evolution, molecular cellular and tissue biomechanics, regenerative medicine, stem cell engineering, and systems biology. Applications accepted from mid-August through mid-September for selected scholars to begin research the following January.
The Vertically-Integrated Projects (VIP) Program is an undergraduate education program that operates in a research and development context. Undergraduate students that join VIP teams earn academic credit for their participation in design efforts that assist faculty and graduate students with research and development issues in their areas of technical expertise. The teams are: multidisciplinary - drawing students from across engineering and around campus; vertically-integrated - maintaining a mix of sophomores through PhD students each semester; and long term - each undergraduate student may participate in a project for up to three years and each graduate student may participate for the duration of their graduate career. The continuity, technical depth, and disciplinary breadth of these teams are intended to:
- Provide the time and context necessary for students to learn and practice many different professional skills, make substantial technical contributions to the project, and experience many different roles on a large design team.
- Support long-term interaction between the graduate and undergraduate students on the team. The graduate students mentor the undergraduates as they work on the design projects embedded in the graduate students' research
- Enable the completion of large-scale design projects that are of significant benefit to faculty members' research programs.
The Center for the Study of Women, Science, and Technology (WST) is an inter-college initiative sponsored by the Office of the Provost at Georgia Tech. The WST Center links issues in the study of science and technology with those of gender, culture, and society. Growing out of the interdisciplinary Ivan Allen College undergraduate minor in Women, Science, and Technology, the Center brings together faculty and students, addressing issues of gender, science, and technology in research and programmatic initiatives. Each fall and spring, WST offers undergraduate research opportunities in gender, science, and technology for part-time pay. WST Learning Community residents may apply to Dr. Carol Colatrella for WST-funded undergraduate research partnerships to work with WST mentors or with other Georgia Tech faculty.
The Opportunity Research Scholars Program provides an undergraduate research experience to help students reach their full potential. This academic enrichment program matches two-three undergraduate Electrical and Computer Engineering students with a PhD mentor. Each research team meets weekly to work on a structured research project and attend monthly enrichment workshops that address a variety of topics related to academic success. The Opportunity Research Scholars program effectively promotes student retention and success in the electrical and computer engineering fields. As an enrichment program, ORS helps students to see beyond the rigors of the academic curriculum and understand the possible applications of the concepts they learn in the classroom. Combined with workshops, mentor leadership and peer support, the ORS Scholars are fully engaged in their department with ongoing research projects.
Doing undergraduate research is the single best way to help your career. The Undergraduate Research Opportunities in Computing (UROC) program can help you get involved through job fairs, where you can hear about available research jobs, and a spring research symposium, where you can show off your work and win up to $500 in prizes
Chemistry and Biochemistry undergraduate majors are invited to apply for a ten-week research program. Program participants will receive a stipend of $5,000, a travel allowance, and housing. Participants supported must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. Funding is provided by the 3M Corporation. REU students carry out a research project under the direction of a faculty member in School of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Georgia Tech. Projects are available in analytical, biological, inorganic, organic, physical, and polymer chemistry with a number of projects involving interdisciplinary research perspectives. Contributions by undergraduate participants often result in publication of papers in the peer-reviewed literature with the student listed as an author. In addition to full time research, students participate in a number of professional development seminars, site visits to scientific companies/government labs, and social activities with fellow students and other REU groups on the Georgia Tech campus.
The Minority Undergraduate Scholars Engineering Research Program is year round. High performing students are identified early on and encouraged to apply to the program. Selected students are assisted to find a faculty advisor who will agree to mentor them and who are committed to the vision and mission of the program. Students must present their work as technical papers in the Chapte's Annual Technical Paper Symposium. The students are groomed and encouraged to submit their papers to the NSBE national technical competitions. Students receive stipends for their research work and are provided expenses paid trips to the regional and national competitions. When fully developed and operational, some minimal budget for faculty mentors may be made available for materials and supplies. Successful attainment of the above mission will place the Georgia Tech Chapter in an anchored and enviable position as the leading Chapter in NSBE as well as continue to be the catalyst for other NSBE members to consider Georgia Tech as their #1 university of choice for graduate school.