Undergraduate students entering the innovation-oriented culture of Georgia Tech enrich their experience through mentoring relationships with faculty and other students who have been there and done that.
Mentors not only provide intellectual stimulation for an understudy; they help make a large, complex research university like Georgia Tech a tight-knit and supportive community.
Helping to knit together that web of mentors with motivated undergrads at Georgia Tech is a group called the Undergraduate Research Ambassadors (URA). Created by the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), the ambassadors are undergrads with research experience committed to helping fellow students navigate Tech’s research landscape.
URA hosts ‘Office Hours’ every week, meets with undergrads, maintains and provides an exclusive data base of research positions, and hosts events throughout the year, all designed to help undergrads find research mentors and opportunities.
Most of Georgia Tech’s colleges and schools offer undergraduate research programs and tips on how to find mentors. Here are some useful resources to help students launch the journey to achieving their research goals:
- The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program offers face-to-face mentoring, as well as links to different undergraduate research opportunities/mentors, across campus and beyond.
- UROP provides links to all of the Georgia Tech schools and departments that participate in the undergraduate Research Option.
- The Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering launched a mentorship program in 2014 that matches each incoming freshman with a student mentor.
- The Center for the Study of Women, Science and Technology offers a program that links students with a female faculty mentor from a closely related discipline.
- The KNIT Mentorship Program (Knowledge, Nurture, Interaction, and Tradition) aims to empower and prepare new students, encompassing all majors and co-curricular involvements.