Program Outline

Once selected to participate in the year-long program, scholars are matched with a research project from a list submitted by prospective graduate/postdoc mentors. Scholars will conduct research beginning in the spring semester (January 2022) while taking their regular coursework. During this time, they acquire the necessary skills and training needed to develop their research projects and chart their course for the upcoming year. In the summer semester, scholars conduct their research full time (40 hours/week) immersing themselves in the research, integrating into the research group, and attending group meetings and other lab activities. When classes resume in the final fall semester, the scholars continue their research to develop results to present at the end-of-year poster session and celebration in November/December.

Eligible Applicant Criteria

  • Have completed a minimum of 45 credit hours as of January 2022 (first-year students are not eligible)
  • Have demonstrated interest in bioengineering and/or bioscience research
  • Minimum overall GPA 3.0
  • Make a commitment to the program starting in January of 2022 and concluding at the end of December 2022
  • Make a commitment to full-time availability during summer months (student should not be enrolled in summer classes)
  • Provide an official university transcript
  • Be currently enrolled at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Emory University, Georgia State University, Clark Atlanta University, Spelman College, Morehouse College, Agnes Scott College, Kennesaw State University, or another metro Atlanta area college or university
  • Students with disabilities, from underrepresented minority groups, as defined by the National Science Foundation (Black/African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, and American Indians, or Alaska Natives), and women are strongly encouraged to apply. For more info, click here.

Program Requirements/Expectations

  • Spring semester—conduct research 12+ hours per week, while taking normal coursework
  • Summer semester—conduct research 40+ hours per week (scholars should not be enrolled in summer classes)
  • Fall semester—conduct research 12+ hours per work, while taking normal coursework
  • Attend program enrichment workshops throughout the year, details to be published as scheduled
  • Participate in various program-sponsored social activities as scheduled
  • Participate in end-of-year poster session and reception for members of the Petit Institute community


  • $8,000 stipend to be paid over the course of the calendar year (January through December), scholars must provide their own housing
  • GT Students (only) may elect to waive stipend payment in the spring or fall semester in lieu of receiving research credit

Timeline (?Hot Tip - Don't wait until last minute to apply!)

  • August 23, 2021—scholar application process opens for all interested undergraduates
  • September 19, 2021—deadline for: all undergraduate scholar applications (no exceptions)
    • Plan to begin your application early! While your application is still in "draft" mode, the InfoReady system allows you to send reference letter requests to give your references maximum time to complete letters by the deadline!
  • October 3, 2021 - deadline for receipt of two reference letters and official university transcript(s) per applicant
  • Mid-October 2021—Petit Scholar notifications sent
  • Late-October 2021—all interviews with prospective mentors/labs must be complete
  • Late-October 2021—official announcement of Petit Scholar/Petit Mentor pairs

NOTE about Reference Letters and Transcripts: It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the references and transcript(s) are submitted/received by the deadline, October 3, 2021.