The LGS-SOAR (Summer Opportunity for Academic Research) program supports potential Laney Graduate School undergraduate applicants who wish to explore, experience and conduct full-time independent and mentored research for the summer.

About the Program

During the 10-week residential summer program, research fellows conduct full-time research and are mentored by their Faculty Mentor and teams of postdocs, research technicians, librarians, graduate students, and other undergraduates. Our SOAR scholars receive a housing award for residence on the Emory campus and a stipend to support their full-time attention to research, training, and professional development.

LGS-SOAR offers the opportunity to develop skills such as:

  • Communicating research to a variety of audiences
  • Problem Solving
  • Interpreting Results
  • Actively participate in novel research
  • Navigating difficult ethical situations

LGS-SOAR provides an opportunity to build your professional network with our world-renowned and diverse faculty and have an immerse research experience that will help prepare you for graduate school in all fields of studies offered at Laney Graduate School.

The capstone of the experience is a Poster Symposium where research fellows formally present their work. The Poster Symposium is well-attended by the community at large, as well as faculty from Emory University Georgia Institute of Technology, Spelman College, and Agnes Scott College and other regional universities that are looking for up-and-coming young researchers.


All students who have an interest in applying to and attending a doctoral program at Emory University's Laney Graduate School are encouraged to apply. Applicants must also fit these criteria:

  • Must NOT be graduating before December 2020
  • Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Must be on track to graduate by June 2023

Program Requirements

All applicants must complete an application by January 29, 2020.

This intensive research program combines full-time research with activities that prepare participants for a successful graduate career. In accepting our offer, awardees commit to:

  • Complete all pre-arrival steps in order to be admitted to the program;
  • Attend and participate fully during the entire program (late May to early August)
  • Complete all required safety training prior to collecting data on your project
  • Dedicate approximately 40 hours/week to their research projects
  • Participate in all weekly seminars, workshops, discussion groups, and activities as scheduled
  • Develop a mentor-mentee contract with their faculty mentor (review tips for finding a mentor on our Finding a Mentor page)
  • Post a research proposal by the third week of the program
  • Routinely consult the updated online program schedule
  • Present a poster during the Poster Symposium
  • Complete pre/post program evaluations
  • Participate in research group meetings, journal clubs, safety training, and other academic activities as outlined by the research mentor
  • Update program organizers of future academic developments for program assessment purposes

Summer research participants cannot enroll for summer school at Emory University. 

NOTE: Currently, it is not possible for us to award research credit hours for participation.


Successful applicants are offered campus housing (usually 4BR suites in Clairmont Campus housing). If you reside in the Atlanta area, you are still eligible for campus housing; however, participants may choose to live off-campus. Housing award funds are not transferable. If you are selected to participate and accept to attend the summer research program, you agree to abide by the same Emory College student conduct guidelines that are applicable during the academic year. Violation of these guidelines will result in termination and referral to other College units for follow-up as warranted.

  • Move-in: May 26, 2020
  • Move-out: July 31, 2020


A complete application will include items such as a transcript, statement of purpose, application form, letter of support and more.

Be sure to carefully review application guidelines and tips on our Application Guidelines page.


A selection panel will identify finalists.

  • Notifications will be sent via email early March
  • Accepted students must confirm participation within a week of receiving their offer.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Why does the program target rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors and not first-year students?

Many available projects require students who have completed sophomore-level coursework and beyond.

Are graduating seniors (seniors that will graduate at the end of the spring quarter/semester preceding the summer experience, or in the summer) eligible?

NO. The program is designed to support students currently enrolled in an undergraduate program. You are not eligible for the summer research program if your bachelor's degree has been awarded by the time the program starts or before the program ends (Summer term degrees).

Is the summer research program open to students who are not american citizens?

Funding is available to US citizens and permanent residents. International students are also eligible to apply but funds are limited.

Can I participate if I have my own funding?

We encourage students who have funding from their home institution or special program to indicate this on their application and to contact Dr. Amanda Marie James (amandamariejames@emory.edu). Assuming the student is a competitive candidate and that laboratory and housing space are available, we will do our best to place the student in our program. Note that funding availability alone does not guarantee a position: all applicants must be competitive as determined by the selections committee.