Undergraduate Research

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.
  • $3.4B 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.

Learn More About HOUR

Create Knowledge

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.

Solve Problems

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.

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.

Learn More About Faculty Mentorship

Undergraduate Research FAQ

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about doing research as an undergraduate.