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“The CURO Honors Scholarship provides students the opportunity to be surrounded by peers and faculty who possess a love of knowledge and inquiry.  They provide new and challenging perspectives, experiences, and insights, creating an ideal learning environment.  And through that environment, CURO Honors Scholars pursue unique opportunities and achieve success.”
Former CURO Scholar Cleveland Piggott ’10, BS, Cellular Biology; currently pursuing MD at UNC School of Medicine

The Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO) promotes sustained, progressive, and faculty-mentored research opportunities for UGA’s undergraduates.

The premier opportunity offered by CURO to prospective Honors students is the CURO Honors Scholarship.

The CURO Honors Scholarship seeks to enrich the academic experience of undergraduate students by engaging them in mentor-guided research in order to gain insight into fields and disciplines that interest them. Recipients of this scholarship, the CURO Honors Scholars, can conduct research in any discipline at UGA, including (but not limited to) physical, biological, and social sciences; business; international affairs; engineering; humanities; and the arts.



Each year, CURO offers a limited number of incoming first-year students the CURO Honors Scholarship. CURO specially invites applicants from underrepresented groups to apply, though all prospective students may apply. The highly competitive selection process considers academic achievement, motivation to make research central to the undergraduate career, and demonstrated work ethic.

The CURO Honors Scholarship is only available to graduating high school seniors who intend to become first-year students at the University of Georgia. It is not available to current UGA undergraduates.

The Application for the CURO Honors Scholarship should be received by the Honors Program no later than February 1, 2013. Applications received after February 1 will not be considered. Early submission is preferable as applications for the ten first year spots become more competitive each year.

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Current CURO Scholars | Center for Undergraduate Research


The CURO Honors Scholarship emphasizes three foundational opportunities: research, mentoring, and community. These combine to prepare students for the highest levels of success.

  • Research: High-impact practices demand investment and effort, encourage learning outside of the traditional classroom setting, and require meaningful interactions between faculty and students. While classroom courses focus on established knowledge, research explores and creates knowledge.
  • Mentoring: In their first semester, CURO Honors Scholars self-identify, self-select and interview with faculty whose research seems compelling. Scholars select research mentors with whom they wish to work. And because of their respective expertise and experience, faculty mentors are uniquely positioned to determine how best to help, advise and encourage.
  • Community: In addition to their individual work with a research mentor, CURO Honors Scholars also form a community of strong and diverse students committed to growing academically and personally. To this end, CURO Honors Scholars attend a weekly seminar for their first two years in the program.


  • Receive up to four years of funding.
  • Enjoy the support of peer mentoring and teaching assistance.
  • Attend special lectures, workshops, events, and activities.
  • Network with current students, successful alumni, faculty, and professionals.
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former scholars

CURO Honors Scholars have gone on to professional and graduate programs at:

  • Alabama-Birmingham School of Medicine
  • Columbia School of Medicine
  • Cornell Law School
  • Cornell School of Medicine
  • Cornell School of Public Health
  • Duke Law School
  • Emory School of Medicine
  • Georgia Health Sciences University
  • Georgia Tech School of Architecture
  • Harvard Graduate School of English
  • Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
  • NC State Graduate School of Forestry
  • NYU School of Medicine
  • Stanford School of Medicine
  • UC-San Diego School of International Relations
  • UGA Law School
  • UGA Terry College of Business MBA Program
  • UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine
  • University of Michigan School of Public Health
  • University of Louisville School of Medicine

CURO Honors Scholars have earned the following national scholarships:

  • Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship
  • Gates Cambridge Scholarship
  • Merage American Dream Fellowship
  • Morris K. Udall Scholarship
  • NIH Cambridge Scholarship
  • NSF Graduate Fellowship
  • NSF-PIRE Scholarship



CURO Contacts

Associate Director of Honors & CURO
Martin Rogers
(706) 542-0531
CURO Program Coordinator
Eleana Whyte
(706) 542-4053
CURO Administrative Associate
Jami Gilstrap
(706) 542-5871

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