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Undergraduate Research

Becoming an Emerging Scholar

Program Requirements

The Emerging Scholars Program is a two-semester, two-to-four-elective-credit-hour opportunity for any undergraduate student to get involved with research (application required).

  • UA 155: (1 credit hour) Learn the fundamentals and methods of research. Explore different research opportunities available for you to participate in on campus as your research experience in UA 156.
  • UA 156: (1-3 credit hours) Work with a research mentor to do research on campus. Students will work with UA 155/UA 156 instructors to find a research mentor that is in their chosen field.
  • Once an Emerging Scholar has completed a research project, they will present at the next Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Conference (URCA).

Why ESP?

One defining characteristic of ESP is its dedication to the students who take part in it. From their first day on campus, Emerging Scholars can turn to the program’s instructors or the network of current and former Scholars for support and information. They have guidance during every stage of ESP while also developing the skills and confidence to succeed in a professional setting.

ESP includes students of all majors and interests. Over the years, Emerging Scholars have been involved in research in nearly every department on campus. Many Emerging Scholars work with their faculty mentors until graduation, developing a relationship that is often a valuable part of an Emerging Scholar’s time at The University of Alabama.


Applications are still being accepted for the Fall 2024 cohort. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the course is full. 

More Information

Students interested in getting involved in research can visit the Undergraduate Research Ambassadors in Russell Hall 301. 

If you are a high school student who may be joining the University of Alabama family, we invite you to learn more about the application process and to apply during the summer before your freshman year.

Incoming freshmen, sophomores, and upcoming juniors can apply for the fall or spring cohort.