Why work with students?

If you are a faculty or staff member who conducts research at The University of Alabama and/or engages in creative activities, we invite you to be an Emerging Scholar Mentor. Mentors take Emerging Scholars into their labs to guide them through the research process and help Scholars develop lifelong skills.

Coming Soon:  NEW Student Database to find an Emerging Scholar or student interested in research

Talented and Motivated Students

The Emerging Scholars Program selects students with a demonstrated passion for learning and a natural curiosity about the world around them. Emerging Scholars are smart, enthusiastic, and self-driven. They are leaders on campus and shining examples of UA’s commitment to excellence in education and research. They are an invaluable addition to any lab or research project**.

Scholars represent a variety of majors and interests spanning the many departments on campus. Many of them are assisting with groundbreaking research and representing UA at national conferences and in publications. No matter what your area of interest, there is likely a Scholar who wants to work with you.


Under the Emerging Scholars Program, UA students are given training and support in their education and career goals. Through UA 155, students are prepared to think critically and creatively about research problems. Under the guidance of the program, they learn how to present themselves professionally and manage their time efficiently.

Once a Scholar begins his or her research with a faculty mentor, the Emerging Scholars Program instructors are available to help them with questions or concerns they may have as they work together. We monitor the Scholar’s progress and success. The program also helps students prepare to present their research at the annual Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Conference (URCA). This valuable learning experience prepares students to discuss and present their research in professional settings.

**To help support the faculty mentor’s research goals, faculty mentors receive a departmental stipend for the first semester they mentor each Emerging Scholar. After their first semester has ended, the program encourages Scholars to continue working with their faculty mentor until graduation.**

Please submit your research project on our Faculty Research Database or fill out an Emerging Scholar Faculty Request Form.