​FEBRUARY 28, 2018


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.

The Emerging Scholars Program 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.

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

Program Timeline

Emerging Scholars are actively engaged in the program for two semesters during their time on campus. They also present their research at the University of Alabama’s annual Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities Conference (URCA).

UA 155

Once accepted into the program, Emerging Scholars should register for UA 155. During UA 155, students will learn the fundamentals of research to prepare them for working with a faculty mentor. Students will also meet with the Emerging Scholars director and find a faculty mentor to work with to complete UA 156.

UA 156

After completing the introductory research course UA 155, students can choose to take UA 156 the following semester or defer to a later semester. An independent study credit, students work with faculty on a research project they will present their findings at the next consecutive URCA.

Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Conference
Emerging Scholars are required to present their research at the Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities Conference immediately following their completion of UA 156.  Although they are required to present at one URCA conference to fulfill the program requirements, Emerging Scholars are encouraged to continue presenting their research at every URCA conference during their time at the University of Alabama