A framework for understanding the world around us.
Founded as the nation’s first research university, Hopkins continues to lead with more research and development funding than any other institution in the United States. It shapes how we think and interact with the world, and can happen in a library, lab, studio, stream, outer space, or anywhere you’re pursuing the creation of new knowledge.
All undergraduate students have the opportunity to pursue research throughout their time at Hopkins, starting as early as their first year. They can work alongside our world-class faculty, partner with researchers throughout the Hopkins network, or seek out ways to pursue research of their own design.
Whether you’re working on a research project or learning in the classroom, being in a research-oriented environment helps you:
- Ask thoughtful questions
- Explore and connect ideas
- Test your theories
- Communicate your findings
#1 Research and Development Funding in the U.S.
$3.1B Annual Research Funding
80% Undergraduates With at Least One Formal Research Experience
Resources to get you started
Hopkins supports students in finding and funding research opportunities. Through the Hopkins Office for Undergraduate Research (HOUR), you can apply for grants to further your ideas.
Publish Your Work
An important part of doing research is sharing your knowledge. Our students are publishing books, producing films, presenting at national conferences, and contributing to their fields of study.
Make Something Real
Our students have the opportunity to collaborate with classmates to develop new products, secure patents, and take their designs to market.
Research teaches you how to ask thoughtful questions and use what you find to make an impact. Our students get involved in projects that have real-world implications and work to solve challenges big and small.
The Intersection of Creativity & Impact
Humanities and Research for All
A $1.9 million Humanities for All grant from the Mellon Foundation enabled the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences to start a lecture series on the importance of humanities research. Through these events, students share their research and inspire future humanists.Read More
Fateh Z., ‘24
Public Health Studies & Economics
Learning Alongside the Very Best
As a rising sophomore, Fateh Z. worked alongside Bloomberg Distinguished Professor Kathryn McDonald—an internationally recognized expert in health care quality and patient safety—on a research project examining how race, gender, ethnicity, and other visible factors impact medical misdiagnoses.Read More
Mufasa C., ‘24
Art Installation Memorializes the Thousands of Lives Lost at the U.S.-Mexico Border
Inspired by his family’s immigration story, a political science student volunteered with the Archaeological Museum to create an art installation memorializing the lives of migrants who died crossing the Sonoran Desert.Read More
Paper Museums Class
Hopkins Undergraduates Organize Exhibit at Baltimore Museum of Art
Students from local universities organized a 100-piece exhibition on artists’ books for the Baltimore Museum of Art. Through meetings with museum staff, they learned the logistics of mounting an exhibition and wrote the label texts for the books.Read More
Support for your ideas
After you declare your major, you’ll be assigned a faculty mentor—an expert in your department who will help you discover courses that fit your interests and opportunities to put your learning into practice.
Undergraduate Research FAQ
Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about doing research as an undergraduate.