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Undergraduate Research

How does tomorrow take wing at Johns Hopkins?

It starts with a shutterbug—specifically Tiras Lin, a junior undergrad, aiming his bank of high-speed cameras and snapping away at 3,000 frames a second. His subject: a tiny, frail butterfly that flits through tight spaces and around any obstacle, even against strong headwinds.

Why? Lin's observation and data will help engineer a new generation of robotic, bug-sized drones for search-and-rescue, environmental monitoring, and recon missions.

At Johns Hopkins, student researchers have been tackling the harder questions and finding the smarter answers since 1876. About two-thirds of our undergraduates engage in some form of research during their time here—exploring supernovae alongside a Nobel laureate, learning how to make music with lasers, analyzing the artistic works of one of the 20th century's most compelling figures, and so much more.

At Johns Hopkins, research isn't simply something we do; it's part of who we are—the nation's first research university, an institution committed to the tireless pursuit of knowledge through discovery. Today, our student researchers are already reaching for tomorrow.

So, what do you want to discover?

Programs and Fellowships

Provost's Undergraduate Research Awards: This program, founded in 1993 on the belief that encouraging undergraduates to engage in research enhances the learning experience, awards amounts up to $2,500 and pairs students with a full-time faculty sponsor for research on anything from literature to light-detection, DNA to depression.

Woodrow Wilson Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program: This program provides a unique opportunity for Arts & Sciences students to engage in hands-on, independent learning with top-level faculty mentors. Each Wilson Research Fellow receives funding of up to $10,000 over four years (up to $7,500 for sophomores).

Additional Resources

Featured Stories
Tiras Lin

Beautiful science of flight
Team studies the secrets of butterflies' aerial maneuvers

Natalie Bray

Digging into research
Award funds investigation of millipedes and their diets

Vitayeast project

Wonder bread
Students genetically alter yeast to make bread more nutritious

Laura Somenzi

Unexpected brush with history
Student-curated exhibition features work of Zelda Fitzgerald



The mission of The Johns Hopkins University is to educate its students and cultivate their capacity for life-long learning, to foster independent and original research, and to bring the benefits of discovery to the world.