Imagine the biggest question you can think of. Then answer it here.
Every day, our faculty and students work side-by-side in a tireless pursuit of discovery, continuing our founding mission to bring knowledge to the world.
As America’s first research university, we have been tackling difficult questions and finding answers since 1876. Whether you study engineering, chemistry, music, anthropology, or all of the above, every student here—no matter his or her major—is an investigator. Our undergraduates are doing research at a level reserved for graduate students or professionals at any other school, giving them the opportunity to make their own connections and discoveries as they contribute to the creation of new knowledge.
“All in all, research is at the heart of what makes Hopkins the institution that it is...with plentiful opportunities and researchers that seek to engage undergraduates, accessibility is paramount to research at Hopkins."—Nico D. '21
Integral to the Hopkins experience
From archaeology to biology, at Homewood or abroad, research at Hopkins is diverse and spans a variety of disciplines.
Explore supernovae alongside a Nobel laureate. Learn how to make music with lasers. Create devices that will save lives in impoverished countries. Take a grand tour of the cities that inspired some of the world’s great thinkers—Venice, Florence, Paris, or London. Research at Hopkins happens in labs, libraries, and across the world. As early as their first year, students can jump into research of their own design, or work alongside faculty mentors who are eager to include undergraduates in their projects.
Why do research abroad?
"Research abroad means you can make friendships with people from all around the world...in Singapore, I participated in 3D food printing research; which, as random as it sounds, is completely real and useful. Learning about this would be something I would be hard pressed to find in the U.S., and was an opportunity completely unique to Singapore."—Magdalene K. '18
Supporting ideas with the best resources
- The Office of Undergraduate Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity (URSCA) assists undergraduate students in the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences with creating, planning, and undertaking a hands-on research project.
- The Hopkins Office for Undergraduate Research (HOUR) is our home for encouraging and supporting undergraduate research, and helps connect students to research opportunities both inside and outside of Hopkins.
- DREAMS is HOUR’s annual celebration of the undergraduate research, scholarly, and creative projects of undergraduates from the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, the Peabody Institute, and the Whiting School of Engineering.
- The NOVA Undergraduate Research Team Competition is for undergrad groups or teams of two in any field, working together on a research or scholarly creative project. HOUR awards three teams’ research grants up to $6,000.
of Johns Hopkins students participate in some form of research during their time here
Programs and fellowships
Research in all its forms is a crucial part of the Hopkins experience, and our students find extensive research opportunities available. Part of our commitment involves the many funding awards we give out every year. Read on to see some of the ways our students are able to dive deeper into what interests them.
Pursue original research or work closely with a Hopkins faculty mentor with funding from the Dean’s ASPIRE Grants (Arts and Sciences Projects, Investigations, and Research Endeavors), for students in the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences. Awards range from $500-$4,500.
Receive a $5,000 stipend to take part in cutting-edge summer research at the JHU Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) to map the brain at nanoscale resolution and make significant contributions to science.
Receive up to $2,500 and be paired with a full-time faculty sponsor for research on any topic of your choosing.
Spend the summer at JHU with a $4,000 stipend to start or continue a research, creative, or scholarly project in any division, department, or program related to Johns Hopkins.
Engage in hands-on, independent learning with faculty mentors and receive funding of up to $10,000 over four years.