As America’s first research university, Johns Hopkins has been responding to the world’s needs since its inception in 1876. The Krieger School of Arts and Sciences is uniquely situated to build on that tradition by providing research opportunities to students in all disciplines as early as their freshman year and by creating innovative partnerships with the other divisions of the university.

The Krieger School’s multiple area-focused centers, interdisciplinary programs, and traditional academic departments are the foundation for a robust network of professors, researchers, and students. No matter what the field, the Krieger School’s exceptional faculty understand the importance of partnering with one another, and their students, in their endless quest to create new knowledge.

Undergraduate Research Advisory Board

The Krieger School of Arts and Sciences established the Undergraduate Research Advisory Board (URAB) in spring of 2018. The board is a team of staff, faculty, and undergraduate researchers across disciplines that have shown dedication to undergraduate research and offer their advice in strengthening KSAS’s research support and student experience. This board supports the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, the Dean’s Undergraduate Research Award (DURA), the Bander Family Fund, and the Clinger Award, all of which serve Hopkins undergraduates.


  • Increase access to undergraduate research opportunities by removing barriers to applicants and promoting research opportunities
  • Unite perspectives on undergraduate research policies and practices across disciplines and divisions
  • Ensure that undergraduate research structure is guided by both faculty and students
  • Facilitate peer review process in the review of undergraduate research award applications
  • Serve as advocates for undergraduate research across Hopkins

Board Members

  • Nejat Alkadir (Freshman Woodrow Wilson Fellow)
  • Dr. Lori Citti (Study Abroad)
  • Professor Steven David (Political Science)
  • Professor Robert Johnston (Biology)
  • Professor Nadia Nurhussein (English & Africana Studies)
  • Dr. Joe Martin (lecturer, Theater Arts & Studies)
  • Professor Erika Matunis (JHMI, Cell Biology)

Research Ambassador Program

The Research Ambassador Program (RAP) works to develop a network of JHU’s best graduate and undergraduate researchers, who will share their projects and information on finding faculty mentors, locating funding, and writing proposals with peers on campus from underrepresented backgrounds (low-income, first-generation, and/or ethnically underrepresented). The program began as an Johns Hopkins University Idea Lab Diversity Innovation Grant in 2017 and continues with the support of the KSAS Dean’s Office.

There are currently eight student ambassadors serving one-year terms. Applications for ambassadors will open late April of 2018.