Undergraduate Research Is Active Learning

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Christopher W Reaves, Ph.D.
Director, Undergraduate Research and Student Innovation

Allyson Tant

Program Coordinator, Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program


If your student wants to apply what they are learning in the classroom in an active setting to gain practical experience, then they should look into doing undergraduate research. It is one of the unique and fulfilling opportunities that Georgia Tech offers students as a leading research university.

Misconception: Undergraduate research is only available if the faculty advertises an opening.

The reality: Few undergraduate research opportunities are initiated by a professor posting an opportunity. The best way for students to get involved in research is to review faculty webpages, journal articles, books, presentations or attend a lecture, and when they find something that excites them, they should contact the professor. Tell faculty that they are really interested in their research, giving specific reasons why, and then request a meeting. If students want more guidance on this, they can talk to their school’s undergraduate coordinator at, academic advisor, or follow some basic guidelines found at




Misconception: Research is only in labs.

The reality: There are opportunities in every field. Students have worked with faculty on research in a broad spectrum of topics from designing robots that explore other planets to collecting coral samples for evidence of past climates to analyzing the desegregation patterns of cities.

Misconception: Students can’t do research until they are juniors or seniors.

The reality: Students can begin research at any time during their undergraduate career.


Misconception: Students can only do research within their major.

The reality: Students can do research in any field of study they are interested in at Georgia Tech.


Misconception: Only a few undergraduate students are involved in research.

The reality: Last year there were approximately 2,780 undergraduate students doing research with faculty. There are plenty of opportunities. Encourage your student to explore!


For more information on Undergraduate Research at Georgia Tech, visit


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  • Created By: Sara Warner
  • Created: 10/02/2015
  • Modified By: Fletcher Moore
  • Modified: 10/07/2016


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