Department of Biology
Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research in Biology

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Independent Research (499R)

The Undergraduate Research Program in Biology provides an opportunity to learn the process of science, and thereby apply knowledge that has been gained in classes. Students work under the direction of a faculty member engaged in biological research for at least two semesters, for 4 credit hours each semester.  You may take Biology 499R for multiple semesters, but Biology 499R may be used to satisfy only one elective and an upper level lab towards the Biology major after successful completion of the second semester of Biology 499R.

Undergraduates:  Learn more about the requirements for Biol 499 [PDF]
Faculty Research Mentors:  Learn more about the requirements for Biol 499 [PDF]


499 Information Sessions are held every semester.  See Biology homepage under News & Events for dates.

The Director of Undergraduate Research is Dr. Rachelle Spell, 2015 Rollins Research Center, 404-727-5828.

Honors Research

For students with an overall and Biology major GPA of 3.5 or higher, the research experience can be combined with a written thesis towards graduation with Honors.  Learn more about the Honors Program.

The Summer Undergraduate Research Program at Emory

The Summer Undergraduate Research Program at Emory (SURE) allows undergraduate students 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.  At the end of the summer, each participant takes part in a formal research symposium.

Panels of faculty and graduate students help explore mentoring issues, and make recommendations on how to choose a graduate program and how to balance work and family responsibilities.  Speakers address their own involvement in science careers and the requirements for success in their fields.  Weekly ethics discussions allow students to explore the ethical aspects of research careers.  Awards for popular science essays (optional submission) and scientific posters are made at the end of the program.  Approved posters and essays will be published through our program web site.

SURE is sponsored by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, by individual contributions by research mentors, and supplemented by funds from an NIH training grant to the Microbiology and Immunology Department.  Each year, Emory students are participating through awards from the SIRE (Scholarly Inquiry and Research at Emory) program, Office of Undergraduate Education, Emory College.  Our program's ethics component was developed in part through NSF/REU awards from the National Science Foundation.
Learn more about the SURE program

Petit Undergraduate Scholar Program

The application process for Petit Scholars opens in August and ends in September.  

Program Outline
Once selected to participate in the year-long program, scholars are matched with a research project from a list submitted by prospective graduate/postdoc mentors.  Scholars will conduct research beginning in the following spring semester while taking their regular coursework.   During this time, they acquire the necessary skills and training needed to develop their research projects and chart their course for the upcoming year.   In the summer semester, scholars conduct their research full time (40 hours/week) immersing themselves in the research, integrating into the research group, and attending group meetings and other lab activities.  When classes resume in the final fall semester, the scholars continue their research to develop results to present at the end-of-year poster session and celebration in December.

For more information, click here.  The Biology faculty contact is Dr. Rachelle Spell , 2015 Rollins Research Center, 404-727-5828.

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