About ESP

Emerging Scholars and Dr. Shreves (far right) on the Eastern Washington University football field during their trip to Spokane, Washington for the 2015 National Conference for Undergraduate Research.

Emerging Scholars and Dr. Shreves (far right) on the Eastern Washington University football field during their trip to Spokane, Washington for the 2015 National Conference for Undergraduate Research.

The Emerging Scholars Program is a unique opportunity for freshmen, sophomore, and junior students at the University of Alabama to engage in research early in their college experience.  During their time in the program, Emerging Scholars are taught critical thinking and problem solving skills that prepare them for research and their future career. Working with members of our award-winning faculty, Emerging Scholars are taking part in cutting-edge research that impacts their field and changes lives.

The Emerging Scholars Program includes students of all majors and interests, and Emerging Scholars have been involved in research in virtually every Department on campus. Many Emerging Scholars work with their faculty mentors until graduation, developing a relationship that is often a valuable part of an Emerging Scholar’s time at the University.

One defining characteristic of the Emerging Scholars Program is its dedication to the students who take part in it.  From their first day on campus, Emerging Scholars can turn to the Program’s director or the network of current and former Scholars for support and information. They will have guidance during every stage of their time in the Emerging Scholars Program while also developing the confidence to succeed in a professional setting.

Please take a look around our website to find out more about the Emerging Scholars Program.  If you are a high school student who may be joining the University of Alabama family, we invite you to find out more about the application process in the “Future Scholars” section of the site and to apply during the summer before your freshman year.  If you are faculty and want to know more about getting involved with the Emerging Scholars Program, we invite you to visit the “Mentoring a Scholar” section of the site.