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Research Opportunities

Research is a large part of the undergraduate experience. At Johns Hopkins the opportunity to do research is not restricted to students in the natural sciences and engineering. In fact, more than two-thirds of undergraduate students will engage in some form of meaningful research during their time here. In the humanities, opportunities for independent research can be found through research award programs like the Woodrow Wilson Undergraduate Research Fellowship and the Dean’s Undergraduate Research Award. Additionally, some majors, like history and archaeology, require students to undertake research projects to graduate. Nearly all humanities majors offer the chance to write a senior thesis for honors in the major.  To learn more about recent research projects, read on below and visit the majors & minors section of this website.

Woodrow Wilson Fellowship

The Woodrow Wilson Undergraduate Research Fellowship is designed to encourage Arts and Sciences to perform independent research. Fellows receive up to $10,000 in order to fund a project completed during their undergraduate years. Incoming freshmen are encouraged to apply; visit the fellowship’s website for the application.

Dean’s Undergraduate Research Awards (DURA)

The Dean’s Undergraduate Research Awards (DURA) are designed to promote independent research among exceptional undergraduate students in the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences.  These awards, which range from $500 to $3000, enable undergraduates to pursue original research, work closely with a Hopkins faculty mentor, and advance knowledge for the world. Krieger School of Arts & Sciences undergraduates in the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences are eligible for these awards.

Other Funding Opportunities

Other funding opportunities for majors in the Krieger School Arts & Sciences can be found at the school’s website.

Recent Research in the Humanities

Woodrow Wilson Fellow Laura Somenzi, history of art ’13, researched and curated an exhibition at the Evergreen Museum and Library featuring the works of Zelda Fitzgerald. The exhibition, Choreography in Color: The Art of Zelda Fitzgerald, was on display from October 2011-January 2012. To read more about Laura’s project, please visit the Johns Hopkins website.

Philosophy and classics double major Grady Stevens ’13 used his Dean’s Undergraduate Research Award to examine the evolution of the concept of justice in Greek thought from the fifth through the fourth centuries BCE. To read more about his project, visit the award’s website.

Ben Swartz ’12, a double degree student majoring in history and cello, used his Woodrow Wilson Undergraduate Research Fellowship to study with two masters of the instrument in Amsterdam. His project investigated the differences between a contemporary and historical approach to playing Bach’s cello suites; read more about his project at Arts & Sciences Magazine.

Majors & Minors Programs