What is the Emerging Scholars Program?


The Emerging Scholars Program (ESP) is an exciting opportunity for students at The University of Alabama that helps them get involved in research with a faculty mentor in their chosen field. The mission of ESP is to improve and enrich student learning and to nurture student success. The research opportunities allow a student to gain experience that deepens their understanding in a field of study, to develop the necessary professional skills to interact with a diverse group of other students and faculty members, and to learn appropriate methods and techniques for presenting professional research. ESP also benefits faculty by connecting them with students eager to learn and participate in research throughout their UA careers.
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During their time in the program, Emerging Scholars are taught critical thinking and problem solving skills that prepare them for research and their future career. Working with members of our award-winning faculty, Emerging Scholars are taking part in cutting-edge research that impacts their fields and changes lives.


ESP includes students of all majors and interests, and Emerging Scholars have been involved in research in virtually every department on campus. Many Emerging Scholars work with their faculty mentors until graduation, developing a relationship that is often a valuable part of an Emerging Scholar’s time at the University.

Why ESP?

One defining characteristic of ESP is its dedication to the students who take part in it. From their first day on campus, Emerging Scholars can turn to the instructors or the network of current and former Scholars for support and information. They have guidance during every stage of ESP while also developing the skills and confidence to succeed in a professional setting.

More Information

Please take a look around our website to find out more about ESP. If you are a high school student who may be joining The University of Alabama family, we invite you to find out more about the application process in the “Why Apply” section of the site and to apply during the summer before your freshman year. Freshmen through Juniors can apply for the Fall or Spring cohort.