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Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities


The Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (URCA) Program at College of Charleston supports student research and creative activities by providing competitive grants to fund summer project costs and stipends, academic year project costs, 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 this experience is often a deciding factor in the acquisition of professional positions and acceptance into post-graduate programs.

2018 Celebration of Scholars

Students and faculty mentors are invited to participate in the 2018 Celebration of Summer Scholars Poster Session to be held on Convocation Day - Monday, August 20th from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm in the Addlestone Library – first floor.

Any faculty and student teams that have worked on collaborative projects this summer or over the 2017-2018 academic year are encouraged to participate. We welcome presenters from all disciplines. All recipients of Summer Undergraduate Research with Faculty (SURF) grants are required to participate in this event and we have nearly 40 additional spaces available. These spots will be available on a first come, first served basis so please send your reservation form in early. For more information, see the guidelines here

To participate, return the signed reservation form to the URCA office at 6 Green Way (second floor) or send it to urca@cofc.edu by 12 noon on Friday, July 27th.

Celebration of Scholars Guidelines

Celebration of Scholars Reservation Form

Upcoming Deadlines 

Celebration of Scholars: July 27, 2018

RPG Application Deadlines: July 13, 2018, August 30, 2018, October 30, 2018, January 22, 2019

MAYS Application Deadlines: August 30, 2018 and October 30, 2018

SURF Application Deadlines: February 6, 2019

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Support Undergraduate Research

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.