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Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities

Who is URCA?

The Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (URCA) Program at the College of Charleston supports creative and by providing competitive grants to fund summer stipends and travel to conferences for undergraduate students and their faculty mentors. Participation in a challenging, scholarly project can be the single most important experience that a student will have in college and the training and knowledge gained from the experience are often key factors in the acquisition of professional positions and acceptance in post-graduate programs. 

The benefits of an undergraduate research experience are profound. Please consider supporting us in our ongoing efforts to open opportunities for cutting edge research and creative activities with our undergraduates. You can make a tax-deductible donation to the College of Charleston URCA Fund (R377) through the College of Charleston Foundation.

Upcoming Events and Deadlines

Like URCA on Facebook to stay up-to-date with the most current events and deadlines. The first deadline of the 2015-2016 Academic Year is Monday, August 31, 2015 at 5:00pm.

"Celebration of Summer Scholars" Poster Session

Convocation Day, August 24th 11:30am – 1:30pm, Stern Center Ballroom, 4th Floor

Please join us in celebrating undergraduate research accomplishments at the annual Celebration of Scholars Poster Session. Students and faculty representing various disciplines from across campus will be presenting posters on their summer research and creative activities in the Stern Student Center Ballroom (4th floor).

Please click here for to see the program for this year's event.

Deadline for reservations is noon on Wednesday, Aug. 4th .

We believe this focus on undergraduate research and creativity is an excellent way to welcome our new students and to usher in another productive year at the College of Charleston. For your student collaborators, it provides an important opportunity to develop professional skills that will be necessary to future success.

  • July 30, 2015, 1:00-2:00pm - MAYS and RPG Information Session
  • August 14, 2015, 1:00-2:00pm - MAYS and RPG Information Session
  • January 14, 2016, 3:00-4:00pm SURF Information Session

All informations sesssions will be held in Berry Residence Hall, Room 104


Application Deadlines for 2015 – 2016
Posted on 24 June 2015 | 9:23 pm
Application Deadlines Academic Year 2015-2016  MAYS and RPG Deadlines August 31, 2015 and November 6, 2015  SURF Deadline February 2, 2016 Due to significant changes in the MAYS and RPG grant application process, we will hold two information sessions prior … Continue reading
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Congratulations to our 2014-2015 Academic Year URCA Grant Recipients
Posted on 15 December 2014 | 5:12 pm
Congratulations to our 2014-15 academic year URCA grant recipients!  Please find the description of these awards on our website, Funding through the URCA program for academic year grants (AYRA, MAYS and RPG) is now complete for 2014-15. Thank you … Continue reading
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