Teach Your Research: Apply to be a Teacher-Scholar

In 2002, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Emory University pioneered a unique program On Recent Discoveries by Emory Researchers (ORDER) to bridge the widening gap between graduate and undergraduate education. The program engages graduate and postdoctoral students to teach their research to entering and graduating undergraduates. The ORDER Fellows explore and create broad understanding of their research discoveries, while undergraduate students are introduced to the process of discovery and the acquisition of new knowledge. This opportunity has now been expanded to include elements of our Quality Enhancement Plan, the Sustainability Initiative, and most recently as part of Emory’s Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) Program. 

Teacher-scholars consistently receive positive comments from their students:

I enjoyed the engaging nature of each module as well as having access to extremely intelligent and encouraging scholar mentors.

What I enjoyed most about the course were the teacher-scholars! Their modules were so interesting! It was clear they put a lot of effort into them.

I enjoyed how passionate each of the teacher-scholars was about their field of research. Nothing sells a class better than that.

The teachers are awesome.


Five teacher-scholars will be selected to collaboratively develop a Freshman Seminar during the fall semester and a Senior Seminar extending the material during the spring semester. Each teacher-scholar will have a 3-week/9 contact hour module to explore the central question of their research, to develop the experiments/approaches used, and to place their specific discoveries/findings in a larger conceptual framework with the other teacher-scholars. The teacher-scholars will work through the summer to develop their modules and to discover the interconnections and synergies with their cohort. We place special emphasis on the development of courses that have a rich interdisciplinary nature, spanning the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences.


During the 2016-17 academic year, the teacher-Scholars will receive at least $5,500 to be applied toward their academic development and are encouraged to acquire a personal laptop computer as an aid to the fellowship. In addition, a certificate from the Graduate School and Emory College will be awarded for your contribution as an Emory University teacher-scholar.

Application Procedure

2016-17 Teacher-Scholar Application Flyer

All nominations and applications, including supporting materials, will be uploaded using ADMIT.

1. Go to https://www.applyweb.com/emoryfel/index.ftl. and log in using your regular ADMIT net ID and password – or—set up an account with ADMIT first and then log in.

2. Select your fellowship from the drop down box and follow the upload fields. The application will not let you proceed until you upload all the necessary materials.

If you have questions about using ADMIT, please contact Jay Hughes, jlhughe@emory.edu. For other questions about ORDER please contact either David Lynn (dlynn2@emory.edy) of Leslie Taylor (ltayl04@emory.edu)

You will need to upload application items as one pdf file. Application items include (in the following order):

  • One page description of your research and how you plan to present the findings to the class,

  • Your CV,

  • And a letter of recommendation from someone familiar with you and your work.