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 guide Emerging Scholars through the research process and help Scholars develop lifelong skills.

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 The University of Alabama’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 The University of Alabama 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 staff is available to help them with questions or concerns they may have as they work together.
The program also helps students prepare to present their research at the annual University of Alabama Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Conference. 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 stipend for the first semester that 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! 

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“I have had the honor of mentoring 19 Emerging Scholars since the inception of the program. These students have been simply brilliant! Each student has, in her or his own way, embraced the process of scientific inquiry and contributed in significant ways to projects that investigate a diverse array of topics in the biological sciences, from the effects of environmental pollutants on behavior and physiology and sex differences in metabolic rates to habitat preferences and temperature-dependent sex determination. The Emerging Scholars program provides a unique opportunity for students in the early stages of their undergraduate careers to innovate, to dive into the primary literature, to assemble a tremendously diverse skill set (both intellectual and technical), and to participate in each and every aspect of hypothesis-driven scientific investigation. It has been a distinct pleasure to mentor such highly motivated and passionate students!”

–Ryan L. Earley
Professor, Biological Sciencces
Earley Lab

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