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 provide intellectual stimulation for an understudy and help make a large, complex research university like Georgia Tech a tight-knit and supportive community.
The Undergraduate Research Ambassadors (URA) help knit together a web of mentors with motivated undergrads at Georgia Tech. Created by the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), 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, and provide an exclusive, curated database of research positions. Throughout the year, the group hosts events 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 valuable resources to help students launch the journey to achieving their research goals:
- The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program offers face-to-face mentoring and links to various undergraduate research opportunities/mentors across campus and beyond.
- UROP connects students to all Georgia Tech schools and departments participating in the undergraduate Research Option.
- In 2014, the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering launched a mentorship program that matches each incoming first-year student 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.