The LGS-SOAR (Summer Opportunity for Academic Research) program host potential Laney Graduate School applicants (non-Emory undergraduates only) who wish to explore, experience and conduct full-time independent and mentored research in the biomedical, biological, natural and public health sciences along with scholarly inquiry in the humanities and humanistic social sciences for the summer.

*Due to COVID-19, LGS-SOAR is now a remote learning experience. We hope to resume the residential summer program in 2021. Details for this year’s remote experience are below.*

About the Program

The 2020 LGS-SOAR Program will be a 10-week remote summer learning experience. LGS-SOAR scholars will participate in remote Professional Development and Research Ethics Sessions with the LGS-SOAR Leadership team. LGS-SOAR l provides an opportunity to build your professional network and have an immersional experience that will help prepare you for graduate school in all fields of studies offered at Laney Graduate School. The sessions will include topics such as:

  • Making the Most Out of Your Summer Experience
  • Graduate-Level Research Papers, Proposals, and Presentations
  • Developing My IDP and More
  • Applying to Graduate School? (or Not)

Additional components of the summer experiences are listed below.

LGS-SOAR global Program

During this 10-week remote program, research fellows conduct full-time remote research mentored by an Emory. The scholar will be required to participate in the LGS-SOAR Professional Development and Research Ethics Course over the summer remotely beginning May 26, 2020, and ending July 31, 2020. Additionally, a final report will be required by July 31, 2020, as well as participation in a 2020 Virtual Research Symposium.

LGS-SOAR Virtual Program

This 10-week remote program differs from LGS-SOAR Global in that scholars will not work directly with Faculty Mentors to conduct research; however, they will participate in Research Discipline sessions lead by current Laney Graduate School students.

LGS-SOAR Virtual provides an opportunity to build your network with some of our top Laney Graduate School scholars who conduct research in a variety of disciplines.

LGS-SOAR to go Program

During this 10-week remote program, scholars will interface with research materials provided by the LGS-SOAR team via Microsoft Teams. Additionally, they will have the opportunity to communicate with Laney Graduate School Centennial Scholars at least once a week.  LGS-SOAR to go provides an opportunity to connect with some of our top Laney Graduate School scholars who conduct research in a variety of disciplines, as well as other undergraduate scholars from around the country.


All students who have an interest in applying to and attending a doctoral program at Emory University's Laney Graduate School are encouraged to apply. Applicants must also fit these criteria:

  • Must NOT be graduating before December 2020
  • Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Must be on track to graduate by June 2023

Program Requirements

All applicants must complete an application by January 29, 2020.

This intensive research program combines full-time research with activities that prepare participants for a successful graduate career. In accepting our offer, awardees commit to:

  • Complete all pre-arrival steps in order to be admitted to the program;
  • Attend and participate fully during the entire program (late May to early August)
  • Complete all required safety training prior to collecting data on your project
  • Dedicate approximately 40 hours/week to their research projects
  • Participate in all weekly seminars, workshops, discussion groups, and activities as scheduled
  • Develop a mentor-mentee contract with their faculty mentor (review tips for finding a mentor on our Finding a Mentor page)
  • Post a research proposal by the third week of the program
  • Routinely consult the updated online program schedule
  • Present a poster during the Poster Symposium
  • Complete pre/post-program evaluations
  • Participate in research group meetings, journal clubs, safety training, and other academic activities as outlined by the research mentor
  • Update program organizers of future academic developments for program assessment purposes

Summer research participants cannot enroll for summer school at Emory University. 

NOTE: Currently, we can't award research credit hours for participation.


A complete application will include items such as a transcript, statement of purpose, application form, letter of support, and more.

Be sure to carefully review application guidelines and tips on our Application Guidelines page.


A selection panel will identify finalists.

  • Notifications will be sent via email
  • Accepted students must confirm participation within a week of receiving their offer.
  • All acceptances have been made, please check back in December 2020 for Summer 2021 information.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Why does the program target rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors and not first-year students?

Many available projects require students who have completed sophomore-level coursework and beyond.

Are graduating seniors (seniors that will graduate at the end of the spring quarter/semester preceding the summer experience, or in the summer) eligible?

NO. The program is designed to support students currently enrolled in an undergraduate program. You are not eligible for the summer research program if your bachelor's degree has been awarded by the time the program starts or before the program ends (Summer term degrees).

Is the summer research program open to students who are not American citizens?

Funding is available to US citizens and permanent residents. International students are also eligible to apply but funds are limited.

Can I participate if I have my own funding?

We encourage students who have funding from their home institution or special program to indicate this on their application and to contact Dr. Amanda Marie James (amandamariejames@emory.edu). Assuming the student is a competitive candidate and that laboratory and housing space are available, we will do our best to place the student in our program. Note that funding availability alone does not guarantee a position: all applicants must be competitive as determined by the selections committee.