Intrigued by the idea of hands-on, independent learning with top-level faculty mentors? The Woodrow Wilson Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program is a unique opportunity to do just that. It is for Arts and Sciences students who are excited by the possibilities, challenges, and rewards that go along with conducting their own research.
At Johns Hopkins, asking questions is just as important as answering them. No matter what you have in mind, we will give you not only the freedom to ask the questions, but also the resources to find the answers. Students in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences routinely work with their advisers to shape their own courses of study, and approximately 70 percent of all Hopkins undergraduates engage in some form of meaningful research during their time here. The Woodrow Wilson Research Fellowship helps students achieve their research goals and furthers President Gilman’s original vision.
In the humanities, Wilson Research Fellows have:
- Written, produced, and directed a full-length play that enjoyed a successful run in Chicago
- Traced the iconography of an unclassified tile from the Archaeological Museum
- Filmed a documentary about the Jewish community of Malta
- Explored the history of Baroque music and original Baroque instruments
In the social sciences, Wilson Research Fellows have:
- Investigated female circumcision and obstetric fistula in Africa
- Explored the viability of high-speed rail systems in the U.S.
- Analyzed the rise of megachurches in the U.S. and the U.K.
- Studied the best practices of organ donation around the world
In the natural sciences, Wilson Research Fellows have:
- Researched the potential uses of adult neural stem cells
- Studied gene expression in Down syndrome
- Investigated the causes of childhood blindness
- Compared maternal and neonatal health in the U.S. and India
Beginning in their freshman or sophomore year, Wilson Research Fellows benefit from working closely with highly respected faculty mentors on independent research projects.
- Each Wilson Research Fellow receives funding of up to $10,000 over four years (up to $7,500 for sophomores) to be spent on research costs, which may include travel, equipment, and use of archives or laboratories. (The fellowship may not be used as a stipend, nor may it be used as financial aid.)
- Students create and pursue research projects with help from their faculty mentors. As seniors, Wilson Research Fellows publicly present their work to the Hopkins community.
- Throughout their undergraduate years at Hopkins, Wilson Research Fellows may choose to work within one field, either focusing on a single long-term project or exploring several aspects of that field. Fellows are also free to undertake projects in totally diverse areas of study.