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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.

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CURO Honors Scholars receive $3,000 in funding each year; enjoy mentoring and community support; and attend special seminars, workshops, events, and activities. A limited number of out-of-state tuition waivers are available for recipients of this scholarship.

CURO Honors Scholars pursue their own research agenda in their first semester at UGA, and they 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 fine and performing arts.

CURO Honors Scholars also form a community of diverse students committed to growing academically and individually. They receive regular contact with Honors Program staff members who assist them in professional development. Moreover, CURO Honors Scholars are members of one of the premier honors programs in the country, sharing in all the opportunities afforded to UGA Honors students.

Engaging in faculty-mentored undergraduate research will make you a more successful student. The CURO Honors Scholarship gives you the financial and organizational support to make such engagement happen.

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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 highly competitive selection process considers academic achievement, motivation to make research central to the undergraduate career, and demonstrated work ethic. Previous research experience is not necessary but is desirable. CURO invites applicants from underrepresented groups, though all interested students should apply.

The Application for the CURO Honors Scholarship should be postmarked no later than Feb. 1. Applications postmarked after Feb. 1 will not be considered.

Twenty CURO “Promising Scholars” will be chosen from the applications and invited to visit and interview during the CURO Symposium. CURO Honors Scholarship recipients will be selected from those Promising Scholars.

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CURO scholars have gone on to prestigious professional and graduate programs, and have received major scholarship awards such as the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, the Merage American Dream Fellowship, and the Udall Scholarship. One recent CHS graduate had this to say about the CURO Honors Scholarship:

Although the research process was demanding, especially for a lower-classman, the constant support and constructive criticism I received from my mentor and my CURO Scholar class helped develop my writing, my critical thinking, and most importantly, my ability to plan and follow through with independent research projects. …After completing a senior thesis which drew upon research I conducted my freshman year, I applied and was accepted with full funding into several top Ph.D. programs. …This dream-come-true could not have been accomplished without the CURO research experience, and I will be forever grateful for the support I received from my research mentor and the rest of the CURO staff throughout my undergraduate career.

Many former CURO Scholars tell a similar story. What will your story be?


CURO Contacts

CURO Program Coordinator
Jami Gilstrap
CURO Administrative Associate
Kerrie Bethel

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