ORDER Courses for Freshmen and Seniors

As an incoming freshman, taking an ORDER course will introduce you to the many different types of research taking place across the Emory campus. Not only will you learn more about the research process, you will also learn about opportunities to engage in research as an undergraduate.

As an outgoing senior, taking an ORDER course will provide a capstone experience helping you to synthesize information from all the courses you took as an undergraduate. You will learn how to develop a research proposal, which is a critical skill for graduate school and a research career, and will become acquainted with different sources of research funding.

Here's what previous ORDER students have said . . .

What did you enjoy most about the course?

I was very interested in taking this course because it wasn't related to my major and I wanted to learn something different. I enjoyed the fact that I was able to learn about so many disciplines and relate them to one another. It was very valuable to have five different perspectives on the intellectual life at Emory because, as a senior, I was so used to only taking advanced-level classes in my major. It was amazing to see what else was out there.

I loved how interactive the course was. I wasn't like a typical class where we were lectured at the entire time. We made posters, worked in groups, did activities, and it was really fun! It gave me a well-rounded view, and I learned opinions, disciplines, and perspectives I otherwise would not have.

I enjoyed the hands-on activities: touching a brain, catching birds, and visiting a research lab. We were able to learn so much in a short amount of time. The course allowed me to see how all of these subjects can work together to answer bigger questions.

The variety in topics kept the class interesting. It never got dull. It challenged my established perceptions and made me think in new ways.

How did the course prepare you for the future?

I became more open minded and now have much respect for people studying different subjects than what I am interested in.

My presentation and communication skills have improved tremendously with the help of our teacher-scholars.

After taking this course, I am a much more concise writer, and I have a much more open mind.

This course helped me to apply critical analysis in my job as well as graduate school.

The experience in writing research proposals will be very useful in graduate school.

Why would you recommend this course to others?

This course is honestly so fun and interesting that you don't even realize you're learning!

It's eye-opening, interactive, and interesting.

The teacher-scholars are awesome.

This course opens your mind to different ideas, opinions, and issues in this world.

This course was such a great opportunity. I learned so much and had fun doing it.

Articles written by previous ORDER students

Zahra Piyar Ali. Can meditation enhance memory? Emory Magazine, Spring 2011. 

Makoto Mori. Research at the cellular level. Emory Magazine, Spring 2011.