Research Option at Georgia Tech

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

Allyson Tant
Program Coordinator, Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program

With the Georgia Tech Research Option, students are afforded a unique opportunity for intensive, hands-on research experiences as undergraduates. This opportunity provides students with several semesters of research on a single project, culminating in an original thesis or research paper. Research Option students work one-on-one with faculty members, and students are encouraged to present their final work at professional conferences or seek publication.

Students who graduate with the Research Option will have opportunities to extend their communication and writing skills, increase their knowledge in a specific area of emphasis, and depending on the research project, learn either independent research or teamwork skills. Students will be exposed to how research projects are created and sustained, and what research within their field of study really entails. Completing the option appears on a student’s transcript as a special designation, yet the true benefit of the program comes from the immersion in a specific independent research topic, interaction with peers from other disciplines also completing research, and special instruction in small classes on research-related skills and tools.

The Research Option is open to all students, but is specifically tailored for students who are considering graduate school, or students who are planning a career in research and development. Interested students need to have support from a faculty member to participate in the program.

For additional information on the Research Option, a list of participating schools, and additional resources, visit:

For more information on undergraduate research and the research option, email


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  • Created By: Sara Warner
  • Created: 02/01/2017
  • Modified By: Sara Warner
  • Modified: 02/01/2017


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