What is ORS
The Opportunity Research Scholars Program (ORS) provides an undergraduate research experience for student in the Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) to help them reach their full potential. This program takes a team-based approach and matches 3-4 undergraduates with a PhD mentor to work on a research project. Students must commit to the team for two-consecutive semesters, attend academic enrichment workshops, engage in team-building activities and participate in a research poster competition at the end of the spring semester.
The ORS program effectively promotes student retention and success in the electrical and computer engineering fields. As an enrichment program, ORS helps students to see beyond the rigors of the academic curriculum and understand the possible applications of the concepts they learn in the classroom. Combined with workshops, mentor leadership and peer support, the ORS Scholars are fully engaged in their department with ongoing research projects.
Meet the Founder – Jill Auerbach
In 2002, Jill was a recipient of an initiative from the Intel Foundation to design a retention program for underrepresented students with financial need. The initiative mandated that undergraduate research would be at the heart of the program. With a small grant from Intel and a background in educational research, she gladly accepted the challenge to develop a model for retention and academic success. That initial gift was the foundation for what is now the Opportunity Research Scholars’ Program (ORS).