Female student and classmates complete classwork in a lab
The Pursuit of Discovery

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 their 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.

View undergrad research projects
Archaeology students examine ancient pottery
what will you create?

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

Students work on a project in the BME design studio
Research Hub

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.
80%

of students participate in some form of research during their time here

Lauren
Close up portrait of Hopkins student Lauren
Lauren P.
Class of 2020
"Now, I have much more confidence, and have learned so many new skills. I’ve been lucky enough to have mentors that are willing to put in time to teach me, and this just goes to show how easy it is to get involved in research at Hopkins, regardless of your prior research experience.”
Follow Lauren on Hopkins Insider

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. Here are some of the ways our students are able to dive deeper into what interests them:

ASPIRE Grant (formerly DURA)

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.

Cohort-based Integrated Research Community for Undergraduate Innovation and Trailblazing (CIRCUIT)

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.

Provost’s Undergraduate Research Awards (PURA)

Receive up to $3,000 and be paired with a full-time faculty sponsor for research on any topic of your choosing.

Summer PURA

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.

Woodrow Wilson Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program

Engage in hands-on, independent learning with faculty mentors and receive funding of up to $10,000 over four years.

Learn more about research opportunities in: