Do you know great undergraduate scholars looking for a summer research experience?
Applications are now open for the
Laney Graduate School’s Summer Opportunity for Academic Research Program
Apply by January 17, 2022 at 11:59 pm EST.

The LGS-SOAR Program (May 31-August 5) partners with the well-established Emory College SURE (Summer Undergraduate Research Experience) Program and will host potential LGS students (current NON-Emory undergraduate scholars) who want to explore, experience, and conduct full-time independent and mentored research for the summer.

The program is unique in that all scholars will be from historically underrepresented ethnic and racial backgrounds in graduate education or who participated in  NIH-RISE, NIH-IMSD, Mellon Mays, McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, OR who are first-generation college scholars who participated in Upward Bound, Talent Search, Educational Opportunities Centers, or similar programs.

LGS-SOAR will be offered both on-campus and virtually. Financial support may be provided by either LGS or the home institution of the student. For scholars participating on-campus, housing is also included. All LGS-SOAR scholars will adhere to any and all COVID protocols instilled by the university. Details about the on-campus and virtual programs may be found on our website.

The program is geared to introduce talented, potential Laney Graduate School Scholars to a vast skillset that includes:

  • Communicating research to a variety of audiences
  • Problem-solving
  • Interpreting results
  • Participating in novel research
  • Navigating difficult ethical situations
  • Network building
  • Presenting their work (Symposium Style Capstone Experience)


Applicants must be on track to graduate between December 2022 and June 2025 and have a minimum 3.0 GPA.


A complete application will include items such as a transcript, statement of purpose, application form, letter of support, and more. For more information, applicants may visit our website. Questions about applications? See the application instructions PDF.

Application deadline is January 17, 2022 at 11:59 pm EST.

Questions?  Contact Associate Dean Amanda Marie James at