Research Option at Georgia Tech

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Allyson Tant Program and Operations Manager, 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 one project, culminating in an original thesis or research paper. Research Option students work one-on-one with faculty members and 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. While the option appears on the student’s transcript as a special designation, 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.

While the Research Option is open to all students, it is specifically tailored for Academically-track students, those who are considering graduate school, or Professionally-track students, those who are planning a career in research and development. Interested students need to have support from a faculty member to participate in the program. Once a student has faculty support, they must complete the online application.

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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