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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 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.

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, Hopkins students can jump into research of their own design, or they can work alongside faculty mentors to assist with projects.

View undergrad research projects in engineering, arts and humanities, medicine, and the sciences
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Research Hub

Supporting ideas with the best resources

  • 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 a new HOUR program designed for groups or teams of two or more Hopkins undergraduates in any field, working together on a research or scholarly creative project. HOUR will be awarding three teams’ research grants up to $6000 in funding to pursue their project over the year following the award.
Read more about undergrad research opportunities at Hopkins

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

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Research in Action

Making a life connection

Many residents of impoverished Baltimore neighborhoods have unmet health care and social service needs. That’s the bad news. And the good? Resources are often readily available to help those in need; it’s largely a matter of increasing community awareness of the organizations and institutions offering assistance.

Public health major Connor Steele-McCutchen ’18 knows this well. Since fall 2014, he’s been a community liaison and research assistant for Baltimore CONNECT, a research partnership between the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and nearly a dozen different community organizations, including soup kitchens and homeless shelters. The ongoing goal is to create a health care access toolkit these groups can use to better connect needy citizens with care.

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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.”
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Programs & Fellowships

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.

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 $2,500 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.

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