Research Opportunities

Getting involved in research can be a very rewarding experience for undergraduate students interested in learning more about the field of linguistics. Research experience could make a big difference when applying to jobs or graduate school after Georgetown. Our department offers several opportunities for undergraduates to gain hands-on research experience.


Faculty members and graduate students in our Department conduct research projects for which undergraduates may be selected to assist in collecting, transcribing, and coding data, recruiting participants, and other elements of linguistic research, including conducting literature searches. Please visit our Faculty and Research pages to learn more about research conducted by our Faculty. Contact individual Faculty members or graduate students to get involved.


The Georgetown Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (GUROP) offers highly motivated students the opportunity to learn more about research in a discipline of their choosing and experience the rewards of scholarly research by working with faculty on their research projects.

Students approved as GUROP research assistants must spend a minimum of 60 hours per semester/summer working with a faculty mentor on that faculty member's research. Students receive a notation on their transcript for every semester of completed GUROP research. 

In addition, GUROP provides a limited number of students who demonstrate financial need with a research award in the Fall and Spring semesters. Over the summer, GUROP provides competitive summer fellowships that support students working full time on research. To receive a summer fellowship, students must typically have already been engaged in GUROP research during the Spring and/or Fall.


Students who meet a certain GPA requirement are invited to write Senior Honors Theses in their Senior Year. This is an excellent opportunity to conduct an independent research project in Linguistics, with guidance from faculty mentors. Students who are interested in research should strongly consider this option. For more information, visit the Senior Honors Thesis page.