Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Did you know that the Ivan Allen College has 20 research centers and labs? Many of them hire undergraduate and graduate researchers to work on projects and even co-author published papers. There are many other campus and external resources to draw on as well:

  • Georgia Tech Interdisciplinary Research Institutes (IRIs)– GT has ten interdisciplinary research institutes where faculty, students, and researchers work to solve pressing challenges. Ivan Allen College faculty are particularly active in the Energy and Sustainable Systems IRIs.

  • Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) — Use the “student” filter to find open positions on the careers page.

  • GT 1000 class — GT 1000 is a one-credit hour seminar for first-year students interested in pursuing research at Georgia Tech

  • The GVU Center - The GVU center currently supports 250 projects across 80 labs and 23 interdisciplinary research areas.

  • PairMe — PairMe is a virtual platform where faculty and researchers post open research positions for students.

  • The Research Option — The Research Option is a multi-course research track at Georgia Tech. It is open to all undergraduate students, but specifically geared toward those planning to attend graduate school or pursue a career in research and development. Find the research option undergraduate coordinator for your school.

  • Undergraduate Research Ambassador (URA) Office Hours — Undergraduate research ambassadors provide one-on-one support to students, helping you explore your interests, contact faculty members, and find open research positions on campus.

  • Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) — VIPs are faculty-led interdisciplinary teams of undergraduate and graduate students. You can receive academic credit or pay for working on a VIP research team.

In addition, you can keep up with research news across campus through the research website, newsletter, and monthly bulletin (all of which can be found on the Institute Research Communications & Outreach page), meet researchers across campus through the Faces of Research Q&As, and find more external Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) through the National Science Foundation

Most importantly, don’t forget to talk to your professors. UROP has some helpful tips on how to contact them. Here are the faculty members in each school — browse through their profiles to learn more about each professor’s field of study.

Consider your favorite classes and interests - which one do you want to pursue further? Remember, you don’t only have to pursue research related to your major — if a class in your minor sparks your interest, reach out to the professor to see if there’s anything they’re working on that you can help out with. Experience across fields and disciplines is a great strength to develop during your time in Ivan Allen College and beyond it.