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CURO Honors Scholars

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.

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.


Interested applicants must have completed their UGA application before they can complete the CURO Honors Scholarship application.

Click here to apply.

The deadline to submit an application is February 1. The submission portal will close and no further applications will be accepted beyond this date.

You may return to your application if you are unable to complete it in one sitting—it is set up to save in your browser. However, we encourage you to save your answers to the questions and essays in a separate text document, in case your work does not save, or you have to change browsers or computers.

Recommendation letters for CURO Honors Scholarship applicants must be submitted via email to by February 1, or by physical mail. If mailed through the postal service, letters must be postmarked no later than February 1.

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.

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.


CURO scholars have gone on to prestigious professional and graduate programs, and have received major scholarship awards such as the Schwarzman Scholarship, Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, the Merage American Dream Fellowship, and the Udall Scholarship.


CURO Contacts

Administrative Associate
Catherine Young

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